Gov’t unmasks the public

Person wearing a mask PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Person wearing a mask PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Ministry of Health has revealed that effective today, wearing of masks in outdoor areas will no longer be mandatory.

In a press statement, ministry spokesperson Dr.Christopher Nyanga announced that the decision comes after reviewing the disease burden in the country and globally and most importantly, the high numbers of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Botswana.

He said the government of Botswana has decided to relax some COVID-19 protocols in order to allow for more increased economic activity. “Save for schools, protocols relating to social distancing will also now be optional.

It has also been decided that there will no longer be isolation of positive cases, unless if such isolation has been prescribed by a physician or medical doctor,” Nyanga added.

In addition, Nyanga indicated that COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, who present themselves at ports of entry, will no longer be conducted.

“This means that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people will now only require a 72 hour negative PCR test result to be allowed entry into Botswana. However, anyone presenting themselves at ports of entry, without the requisite documents (COVID-19 vaccination card or 72 hour negative PCR test result), will be tested on arrival, at own cost and if positive, isolated for 5 days within the district of the port of entry”.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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