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Botswana President Self-Quarantined, To Miss Mozambique Meeting After Covid-19 Scare

Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi attends a parliament meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, May 5, 2020. Botswana has intentions to slowly open up the economy following a five weeks lockdown, ending on Thursday, to fight COVID-19 pandemic. The country's legislators will convene an emergency parliament meeting on Wednesday to discuss new regulations expected to usher in opening of businesses and schools, under strict supervision. According to proposed regulations, presented by President Mokgweetsi Masisi to parliament on Tuesday, the Southern Africa country wants to gradual allow businesses, traders or school to operate after satisfying Health Services Director or any authorized official that they will prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua)
Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi attends a parliament meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, May 5, 2020. Botswana has intentions to slowly open up the economy following a five weeks lockdown, ending on Thursday, to fight COVID-19 pandemic. The country's legislators will convene an emergency parliament meeting on Wednesday to discuss new regulations expected to usher in opening of businesses and schools, under strict supervision. According to proposed regulations, presented by President Mokgweetsi Masisi to parliament on Tuesday, the Southern Africa country wants to gradual allow businesses, traders or school to operate after satisfying Health Services Director or any authorized official that they will prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua)

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi will not be able to attend a Southern African regional meeting scheduled for Thursday aimed at discussing recent Mozambique attacks after one of his staff members tested Covid-19 positive.

As a result, Masisi was forced to self-quarantine at a time he was due to chair the important meeting, his office confirmed Tuesday.

Botswana is currently the chair of the SADC Troika whose purpose is to ensure regional peace and security.

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Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique will be attending the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting, where they will discuss how they may assist Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province following Islamic State-linked attacks there.

Vice President Slumber Tsogwane will stand in for the President as the head of delegation.

The president’s press secretary, Batlhalefi Leagajang, said in a statement President Mokgweetsi Masisi self-quarantined was “out of (an) abundance of caution.”

Botswana has had about 46,600 Cases and 702 Deaths  according to a report by Worldometer.

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