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Botswana lifts all Covid-19 restrictions, including for travellers

by Staff reporter
28 Sep 2022 at 19:57hrs | Views
Botswana on Wednesday repealed all remaining Covid-19 restrictions including the mandatory wearing of masks and proof of vaccination or PCR tests at its borders.

The southern African country, with a population of 2.3 million, has recorded 2,789 deaths and 326,000 infections since the respiratory illness was first detected in early 2020.

The seven-day average of new infections had fallen to 26 cases and no deaths on Wednesday.

In a statement, Botswana's health ministry said: "The ministry of health informs members of the public that with effect from today, September 28, 2022, requirements of vaccination or PCR tests at ports of entry, and social distancing at schools have been removed."

The ministry said citizens should use their discretion "to still follow some protocols, as this will assist them in safeguarding their health."

Botswana follows regional countries South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia which have lifted all Covid-19 restrictions.

Zimbabwe still maintains that masks are mandatory except for those who have taken at least three shots of Covid-19 vaccines. However, wearing facemasks remains mandatory in indoor public places and on public transport.

Vaccinated travellers must show proof of a completed vaccination scheme. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers must present a negative PCR test result taken less than 48 hours before their scheduled arrival while unvaccinated travellers leaving the country must present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure.

While easing Covid-19 protocols, Botswana encouraged its citizens to get vaccinated "so that they remain safe."

"They are further advised to vaccinate children from 5 to 18 years. It is only through vaccination against the disease that people can freely go about with their everyday life without the fear of any possibly of severe symptoms, if they get infected," the health ministry said.

Source - ZimLive