Botswana: Officials Quarantine 21 in Tsabong

Tsabong — A total of twenty-one people, non-citizens and citizens, who crossed into the country at ungazetted points have been quarantined at Tsabong Unified Secondary School.

In an interview, District Officer Commanding, Mr Makgophe Oageng said it was unfortunate that even in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, some citizens and non-citizens, still sneaked into the country at ungazetted points.

This, he said, defied the set immigration laws.

He said some were charged and handed over to health officials for quarantine.

He said some Batswana were caught at Makopong and Bray while one South African was caught at Lehututu and was quarantined at Hukuntsi.

He expressed concern that some Batswana, who recently arrived in the country, did not comply with the 14-day quarantine period.

He said some arrived officially through the Ramatlabama Border Gate but did not self-quarantine hence they were arrested and handed to health officials to quarantine them in line with the Public Health Act.

The Officer Commanding said the recent decision to suspend the sale of liquor and certain trade and gambling licences in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, was a welcome development as it helped law enforcement officers to manage the situation.

Mr Oageng said Botswana Police Service in conjunction with Botswana Defence Force (BDF) patrolled borders to ensure compliance with the law.

He emphasised that they were working hard to beef up police personnel at borders to tighten security.

For his part, Kgalagadi South acting head of District Health Management Team (DHMT), Dr Godwin Mwaipopo confirmed that there were 21 people under quarantine at Tsabong Unified Senior Secondary School who they received from the police.

Dr Mwaipopo said the way the numbers were increasing was worrisome hence the need to prepare to contain more numbers as the situation continued.

He encouraged the public to exercise preventative measures such as regular washing of hands with soap, sanitising and keeping surfaces sanitised.

Source : BOPA

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