Botswana alarmed by non-compliance of public on COVID-19 regulations

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A teacher checks the body temperature of a student before she goes to the classroom in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, June 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Tshekiso Tebalo)

The government of Botswana raised its concern over the level of non-compliance with COVID-19 regulations by a section of the public.

FILE PHOTO: A teacher checks the body temperature of a student before she goes to the classroom in Gaborone, capital of Botswana. (Xinhua/Tshekiso Tebalo)

“The non-compliance we have seen this weekend is worrying,” the government said on its official Twitter account on Monday.

https://twitter.com/BWGovernment/status/1343524521593233408?s=20

It, however, did not give any further details of the nature of the violations or where they predominantly took place in the country.

Last Wednesday, President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced an 11-day curfew from 7pm to 4am (local time) as the country reinstated strict measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The curfew meant there will be no movement of people and security forces will enforce the measure, and all non-working people will be required to stay at home, except those who go out to buy groceries and seek medical attention.

Following its first confirmed COVID-19 case reported in March this year, Botswana immediately announced a series of precautionary measures to contain the further spread of the disease, including imposing lockdowns and banning international traveling.

Botswana has registered a total of 13,622 COVID-19 cases with 11,147 recoveries and 38 deaths, as of December 28, according to the Africa CDC.

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