Botswana has recorded its first three cases of coronavirus in returning travelers from Britain and Thailand.
Health minister, Lemogang Kwape made the announcement on state television on Monday, adding that the three infected persons are currently in quarantine.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the government would declare a state of public emergency as part of measures to address the risks posed by the pandemic.
Masisi also announced that there shall be extreme social distancing commencing on April 2, 2020 at midnight.
“Where the President declares a state of emergency when Parliament is not sitting, such state of emergency ceases after 21 days. I have considered that proceeding in this manner would not allow for consultation and buy-in across the political spectrum because this pandemic knows no political boundaries.
“I have also considered that 21 days would not be sufficient to employ the necessary measures to fight this pandemic,” Masisi added.
He noted that he has taken a decision to summon a meeting of Parliament at which meeting he will seek a resolution of Parliament for the state of emergency to continue for a longer period.