Botswana’s parliament has said that the country will reminder under the state of public emergency for another six months in an attempt to curtail the spread and transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi told the national assembly during a meeting of parliament to seek a resolution for the country to remain under a state of emergency.
Addressing the meeting, Masisi said it is unfortunate that Botswana has recently experienced an exponential rise in local transmissions after lifting hard lockdown.
Masisi said, “Indeed, COVID-19 has now become a national health and security threat,” he added that extension of the state of emergency provides a better option for safeguarding the lives of Batswana while controlling and containing the disease.”
Botswana initially declared a state of public emergency starting from April 2 following the pronouncement by the World Health Organization on March 11 that the COVID-19 outbreak was a global pandemic. According to statistics, the country has so far registered 3,172 confirmed cases and 16 deaths.