Botswana lawmakers in mandatory quarantine as parliament endorses 6-month state of emergency

Botswana has resolved to place  its entire cabinet and members of parliament in quarantine after a health worker screening lawmakers for Coronavirus tested positive for Covid-19.

The screening was conducted on cabinet members and MPs on Wednesday as they arrived at a meeting to discuss President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s request for a 6-month State of Emergency. All lawmakers, including the president, will go into mandatory quarantine from today, Public Health Director, Malaki Tshipayagae said earlier today, in comments broadcast on state television. President Masisi last week came out of a 14-day quarantine after travelling to Namibia to attend President Hage Geingob’s inauguration and discuss matters relating to the pandemic.

“You have to quarantine at home if you can or, if that’s not possible, we will find a place for you to be quarantined,” Tshipayagae said. “We will test you on the 14th day and if you are negative, allow you to go out of quarantine.”

Botswana’s latest  confirmed Coronavirus mean the country’s cases now stand at 13, up by 7 more from last week. Parliament has endorsed President Masisi’s request of a 6-months State of Emergency after Parliament convened for a two-day special meeting to consider the request.  Botswana’s constitution provides for a 21-day state of emergency, with parliamentary approval required for any longer period. During the State of Emergency, Parliament can still convene. 

Reference: Btv News

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