Botswana places president, all MPs in compulsory 14-day quarantine over coronavirus scare
London, April 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-All parliamentarians in Botswana including President Mokgweetsi Masisi are to undergo compulsory 14 day quarantine overs fears that they have been exposed to a coronavirus patient unknowingly
They are to be tested for the coronavirus after a health worker within the parliamentary facility tested positive for the virus.
The said health worker had spent days screening lawmakers for the virus only to be infected.
The country’s Health Minister Lemogang Kwape told lawmakers on Thursday that the health worker had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday night.
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The health worker checked the temperatures of some of the lawmakers on Wednesday during a special sitting of parliament.
“The health worker had not shown any symptoms but had just taken a routine test. Unfortunately, the result came late on Wednesday after she was on duty at yesterday’s parliament session,” Kwape told the MPs.
Lawmakers have been asked to quarantine themselves including President Masisi who is also a member of parliament.
Masisi himself had recently concluded a 14 day quarantine after he returned from Namibia in March.
Botswana is currently under a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The country so far has recorded 13 cases of the virus
.The global death toll passes 100,000 people. According to researchers at John Hopkins University, at least 102,026 people have died as a result of the pandemic. The institution says at least 1,681,964 people have been infected, while 374,509 have recovered.