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Everyone has a personal responsibility to ensure adherence to COVID-19 regulations to prevent the disease spiralling out of control, Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane has said.

“Unless we strictly and religiously adhere to the laid down COVID-19 regulations and protocols, we run the risk of losing a grip on the disease and a continued rise on the figures could result in the imposition of movement restrictions with their attendant implications on the economy and the lives of Batswana,” he told the National Assembly yesterday.

Mr Tsogwane, who was updating legislators on the state of the pandemic in Botswana, said new measures had been introduced to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

He said a number of challenges that had led to a sharp increase in the number of locally transmitted cases had been identified.

They included non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols leading to challenges contact tracing challenges; border jumping to and from high risk countries; local truck drivers failing to undergo mandatory quarantine upon returning home and some health service providers failing to follow set guidelines.

Mr Tsogwane said it had been noted that some employers failed to advise their employees who exhibited flu-like symptoms not to leave their homes.

“In view of what has been reported, we are likely to experience an exponential increase in local transmission of COVID-19 cases in Botswana. Relative to previous cases, 11 cases reported in Mogoditshane within a space of two days alone is worrisome,” Mr Tsogwane said.

He said COVID-19 cases among Botswana citizens and residents rose dramatically from 70 to 140 July 13-26..

The country recorded a second death as a result of COVID-19 during the same period, Mr Tsogwane noted. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Pako Lebanna

Location : Gaborone

Event : Parliament

Date : Jul 30 Thu,2020

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