Botswana President to leave self-isolation soon

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi (front) speaks at a past function. /VCG

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected to come out of self-isolation soon and resume discharging his duties as head of state.

A statement from the government said Masisi had not experienced any COVID-19-related symptoms but remained under close monitoring by a team of health care personnel.

FILE PHOTO: Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi speaks at a past function. /CFP

Last week, the government announced that Masisi had tested positive for COVID-19 and gone into self-isolation at his official residence with Vice President Slumber Tsogwane assuming the president’s responsibilities until further notice.

COVID-19 infections have risen sharply in the diamond-rich southern African country since the detection of the Omicron variant late last year.

Botswana has reported 229,855 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,475 deaths and has vaccinated 1,034,735 people, more than 70 percent of its eligible population.