Botswana Quarantines All 57 MPs Over COVID-19 Fears

Botswana Quarantines All 57 MPs Over COVID-19 Fears

By Dominus1 | Dominus1 | 9 Apr 2020


Botswana is the first country to send all Members of Parliament into quarantine amid fears of Coronavirus.

The all 57 MPs for the African country will be put into mandatory quarantine for 2 weeks (14 days) after a nurse at their parliament house was tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the Coronavirus.


The mandatory quarantine order was made by the country's Director of health services Malaki Tshipalagae and tweeted by the country's government Twitter account.

The tweet reads “PARLIAMENT MEMBERS TO HOBOB STRIKE. The director of health services Dr Malaki Tshipalagae has placed all members of Parliament on mandatory quarantine.”


On Sunday there were 7 new COVID-19 cases recorded which includes the nurse who was on duty during parliaments session on Wednesday.

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The Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi also attended the Wednesday meeting session where they debated on whether to extend the country's state of emergency to 6 months.

Previously the president underwent a 14 day quarantine after returning from Namibia in March.

Botswana nownhas a total of 13 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

Currently the African nation is on a four week lockdown to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading countrywide.

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