Botswana: Ngami Registers First Case of COVID 19

Maun — North West region has registered one positive case of COVID-19, which was diagnosed on June 27.

The chairperson of North West District Emergency Operations Committee (DEOC), Mr Keolopile Leipego revealed, during a press briefing yesterday, that the new case was a female Maun resident, who neither had travel history nor contact with anyone who had travelled outside the country or zone.

It was reported that the woman, who is a street vendor, was sentenced to a prison term for stock theft by Chanoga Customary Court and upon arrival at Francistown prison, she was subjected to routine screening and tested positive the virus.

Mr Leipego reported that the woman was held in isolation at Francistown prison and the District Health Management Team had since embarked on a contact tracing exercise as per the COVID-19 protocols.

Mr Leipego, who is also the district commissioner, explained that to date, 11 people had been quarantined, two of whom were close contacts and had been subjected to testing, whose results came out negative.

The remaining nine, he said, would be tested while a further 10 had been identified as casual contacts and were being monitored.

He also noted that committee was working round the clock to establish the origin of the virus in relation to the woman and assured the community that surveillance measures had been put in place to ensure prevention of the disease within the district.

Mr Leipego called on the community to remain calm and cooperate with health teams during the contact tracing exercise.

Meanwhile, a public notice from the committee warned that with the relaxation of travel restrictions, the risk of the virus importation remained real. END

Source : BOPA

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