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Botswana’s President in quarantine after visit to Namibia

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Botswana is one of the few African countries that has not yet officially recorded a single coronavirus case, as continental numbers rose to more than 1,000 cases at the weekend.

The government announced on Sunday that Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has gone into self-quarantine after a visit to neighboring Namibia, which has three coronavirus cases, to attend the inauguration of the new president there,.

“President Eric Mogweetsi Masisi is in self-isolation for a fourteen day period”, the government through the office of president confirmed late Sunday.
President Masisi had gone to Namibia, where its new president, President Hage Geingob was sworn in at Windhoek on Saturday.
According to the government of Botswana, President Masisi will be tested for the coronavirus.

Namibia has so far registered just three imported cases, and is still considered low risk for (Covid-19) transmission.

Masisi is expected to work from his official residence but will be isolated from his family, plus the members who accompanied him to Namibia will also undergo quarantine too.

Despite having declared strict travel restrictions in their countries, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Angola’s President Joao Lourenco also attended the ceremony in Namibia.
The ceremony was attended by several hundred other guests despite official restrictions on public gatherings to a maximum of 50 people.

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