By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 23, 2020.
The president of Botswana, Mokegweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is on self-isolation for fourteen days, the Permanent Secretary for Government Communications, Andrew O Sesinyi announced on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
This came up after attending an urgent regional head of states meeting in Namibia where three cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.
President Masisi has become the first African leader to practice quarantine. The quarantine is meant to last for 14 days upon its commencement on Monday.
The team he traveled has also been quarantined to avert the spread of COVID-19 in the country, National Telegraph can confirm.
The announcement made by Andrew Sesinyi was with an agreement with Dr. Malaki Tshipayagae, The Director of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
“The rationale of the imposition of self isolations that while Namibia has registered three cases imported cases and is considered low risk for SARS-Cv-2 transmission at the time of His excellency, the president’s trip to Namibia, the low testing in the region makes that determination difficult and there is a high possibility of undetermined local transmission”, read the press release.
Sesinyi noted that while in isolation, the president will be tested for COVID-19 and he will be working in isolation at his official residence, but away from his home.
The president had joined other regional heads of states in Windhoek Namibia to discuss critical COVID-19 measures taken in the respective countries that are sharing borders with Botswana.
Namibia has so far registered three cases of COVID-19 while Africa has registered lower numbers than the rest of the world with over 1500 confirmed cases and 50 death cases.
The Namibia neighboring countries have almost all registered the cases, with South Africa in a shot up of over 400 cases.
Western, Southern and Northern Africa are highly affected while the Eastern part is fairly doing well in the fight of COVID-19.