The public is advised to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There has been a significant rise in the number of cases recording since the first reported case in March 30th, 2020 in Botswana. The burden of the disease has moved from imported cases to locally transmitted cases which increases the risk of transmission of the disease across all age groups. Although a high number of cases have been reported in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 zone, currently all zones are affected.

Non-compliance to COVID-19 regulations that limit movement and contact, improper use of face cloth coverings or masks, and poor hygiene (hand washing and cough etiquette) are attributable to the rise and wide spread of the virus.

The public is reminded that prevention is still key in reducing the burden and effects of COVID-19 to the health system, economy and live-hoods of Batswana. It starts with individual responsibility and accountability. The following need to be at the heart of every Motswana;

i. Avoid crowded places, closed spaces and closed conversations
ii. Properly/appropriately quarantine or isolate if required
iii. Proper wearing of masks
iv. Physical distancing
v. Frequent hand washing

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