Gaborone – Botswana’s parliament last week passed a motion to extend the country’s state of public emergency by another six months to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi attended a parliament sitting to seek a resolution for a second extension of the state of public emergency due to the pandemic.
Addressing the meeting, President Masisi said since the outbreak of the pandemic, the country has continued to experience serious challenges, which require a collective effort as a nation to overcome.
“The rapid increase of cases across the country, particularly in Gaborone, Palapye and Francistown, has stretched our human and financial resources beyond expectations,” President Masisi said.
Furthermore, the government on Tuesday started to restrict movements of people between zones to curb the spread of the pandemic in the coming Easter Holidays.
The state of public emergency was initially declared in Botswana from April 2, 2020, and was further extended by another six months in September 2020.
The country has so far registered more than 40,878 cases and at least 591 deaths from the virus. – Xinhua