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Concerns over Botswana’s increasing COVID-19 cases

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The Botswana Government has expressed concern at the increasing number of COVID-19 infections, following reports that the country recorded more than 1 200 new cases over a 10-day period.

The 10-day period was as of the end of September 2020.

COVID-19 Presidential Task Force Deputy Coordinator, Professor Mosepele Mosepele was quoted by local media as saying that the southern Africa country had recorded 1 228 new cases between Thursday, 24 September and Sunday, 4 October 2020. This translates to a daily average of 120 cases, up from the 20 per day recorded in August 2020, Mosepele said.

Botswana has, so far, done well to contain the spread of COVID-19, and is one of two southern African countries with less than 5 000 confirmed cases. The other one is Lesotho, with 1 767 reported cases as at Thursday, 8 October 2020.

As at the same day, Botswana had recorded 3 172 COVID-19 cases, with the capital, Gaborone, seen as the epicentre of the virus.

According to Mosepele, indications are that the spread of COVID-19 is rampant at workplaces where employees usually gather for meetings and eat together without adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

He advised employees to avoid converging in closed areas for lunch, but to rather have meals in open spaces where they could practice social distancing. He also called on employers to embrace the new normal of working in shifts to minimise interaction between employees.


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