Government has announced a month-long closure of schools as a precaution to contain the spread of Covi-19.President Mokgweetsi Masisi said during the national address that schools will close from Friday 16 July until August 17, 2021 and government will speed up immunization of teachers as well other essential public servants.
Announcing the decision to close schools, Masisi said Covid-19 cases in Botswana have rapidly increased over the past five months. Currently there are 80 154 positive cases, with 1253 deaths as at July 12th 2021, compared to 300 deaths in February 2021. The president said virus variants are tearing through the communities. Around 108 000 people have been fully vaccinated in Botswana while roughly 165 000 have received the first dose of vaccines including Astrazeneka, Sinovac as well as Pfizer. The president said government also expects consignment of vaccine from the United States to improve the vaccine roll out. He disclosed that 50 000 doses of Modena and 500 000 doses of Johnson and Johnson are expected by December this year. He called for a mindset change and commitment will help defeat Covid 19. He also implored the public to remain vigilant. To the surprise of many, Masisi announce stringent restrictions as it was anticipated. He maintained the alcohol ban and said curfew will remain at 10 PM to 4 AM. To the amusement of many, he did not announce sweeping movement restrictions as well. He said the country is making strides in adopting technologies to be used in daily lives in government and the private sector.