Botswana: Non-Compliance Fuels Virus

Rakops — Vice President Slumber Tsogwane has blamed the high rate at which COVID-19 is spreading across the country on people's failure to comply with regulations.

Mr Tsogwane said on Wednesday during a meeting with Rakops and Xere villages leadership that members of the public were requested to reduce movement during the holidays but failed to comply.

The result of such movement was the increased number of positive cases, he said.

The vice president also said parents failed to control children's movement after school as they loitered in the streets, walking in groups.

Mr Tsogwane stated that the new COVID-19 variant had already been discovered in Botswana, saying in the absence of compliance, it could easily spread from where it was detected to the rest of the country.

Mr Tsogwane said quarantine facilities were filling up and that the death rate due to COVID-19 was rapidly increasing citing recent reports of eleven people dying over a period of four days.

The country's population was too low, economic performance not impressive and there was no replenishment of resources, he said.

He warned that some projects planned for the current financial year might not be carried out and that the next budget session of Parliament would be constrained .

The vice president once again pleaded with members of the public to reduce movement, limit numbers at funerals, church services and other gatherings.

Source : BOPA

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