Botswana Places 14 MPs in Quarantine amid Coronavirus Fears

The President Recently Concluded 14 Days in Quarantine after Returning from Namibia

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Botswana has put 57 members of parliament under quarantine for 14 days after a parliamentary nurse tested positive for Covid-19, the Director of Health Services Dr. Malaki Tshipayagae said.

The nurse who was on duty during parliament’s session on Wednesday is among the seven new cases confirmed in the country on Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 13.

The MPs have been moved from their homes to a supervised government facility.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi had attended the session in which legislators debated on extending the state of emergency to six months. The country is on a 28-day lockdown to combat the spread of the virus.

President Masisi recently concluded 14 days in quarantine after returning from Namibia in March.