Umm Muhammed Umar 23.03.20
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi is in self-quarantine after a visit to neighbouring Namibia. Masisi had attended the inauguration of Namibia’s new president, Hage Geingob. Geingob had been sworn in as president, in Windhoek, yesterday.
Botswana's director of health services had placed Masisi in self-isolation for two weeks.
Namibia has three known cases of the Coronavirus. The Namibian government says they are "imported cases and are considered low risk for transmission." However, there is a "high probability of undetermined local transmission" due to the low rates of testing in southern Africa.
Masisi is to remain isolated from his family, although he will work from his official residence. Members of his entourage who escorted him on the trip face the same restrictions.
Botswana is one of the few African countries that has not yet officially recorded a single Coronavirus case. Botswana’s government defended the Namibia visit, saying it was an "emergency official" trip for face-to-face talks to discuss "urgent border matters" in the light of the spread of the virus.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Angola's President Joao Lourenco also attended the ceremony in Namibia, even though both countries have declared strict travel restrictions.