Masunga — A total of 420 Batswana and foreigners resident in Botswana, who arrived at Ramokgwebana border on Tuesday, have been quarantined in four facilities.
As at lunch time today (March 26), 228 were quarantined at Francistown Technical College, 130-Masunga Senior Secondary School, 40-Impala Research Centre in Francistown and 22 at Moroka Primary School.
In an interview, chief Immigration officer at Ramokgwebana border, Ms Lindiwe Ngwenya, said they were expecting the numbers to go up because more people were still arriving at the border.
Ms Ngwenya said only Batswana, foreigners with resident permits and truck drivers offering essential services were allowed into the country as per a government directive.
She indicated that upon receiving the directive on Tuesday afternoon to apply a 14-day quarantine for any person arriving in Botswana, they implemented the regulations on the same day, therefore some travelers resisted to comply with the quarantine requirement.
She said Botswana Police Service and Botswana Defence Force assisted the immigration officers to enforce the new regulations and travellers were later escorted to designated facilities.
Ms Ngwenya said some foreign nationals without resident permits reported at the border with the intention to cross into Botswana, but were denied entry as per new regulations.
On Tuesday alone, a total of six illegal immigrants were taken to the border gate for screening after trying to cross illegally. They were subsequently repatriated back to Zimbabwe on the same day.
The Officer Commanding Number 15 District, Senior Supt Kabo Badirwang, said stringent measures were taken to ensure that all quarantined persons obeyed instructions.
He said police officers had been deployed at the three facilities to guard them.
Senior Supt Badirwang said the quarantined people were instructed to drive their vehicles to the quarantine facilities under the police escort.
This, he said, was done so that their properties could be kept safe under the surveillance of the law enforcement officers.
Source : BOPA