Botswana: president Masisi tested positive for COVID-19

Botswana: president Masisi tested positive for COVID-19

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi is in mandatory self- isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 in routine testing, a government spokesperson said on Monday.

“The president does not have any symptoms and will continue to receive close medical monitoring by his medical doctors,” John-Thomas Dipowe, acting permanent secretary for Government Communications, said in a statement.

Mr dipowe said the country’s Vice President Slumber Tsogwane will assume the president’s responsibilities until further notice while Masisi is in isolation.

New coronavirus infections have risen sharply in the diamond-rich Southern African country since the detection of the Omicron variant late last year.

The country has so far recorded 222,000 cases of coronavirus, including 2,452 deaths.

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