Botswana Extends State of Emergency by Six Months Due to Pandemic

Botswana Extends State of Emergency by Six Months Due to Pandemic

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.