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Botswana: Health minister suspended for disobeying COVID-19 protocols

Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana, Sethomo Lelatisitswe, has been suspended from office after violating coronavirus guidelines.

In a statement, the president’s press secretary Batlhalefi Leagajang said that Lelatisitswe was part of a family gathering.

The gathering that involved a tombstone unveiling, was contrary to the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations of 2020.

Meanwhile, gatherings have been discontinued in the country.

However, Cabinet, National Assembly, Council, National Task Force, religious organizations and funerals gatherings were excluded.

Earlier this week, Botswana recorded its first case of the highly mutated C.1.2 COVID-19 variant that was first detected in South Africa.

Botswana has so far recorded 156,927 positive cases with 2,261 related deaths.

The statistics showcase a fall in terms of new infections and deaths as the country had its deadliest wave in July since the start of the pandemic.

As of now, 320,308 people have received one vaccine dose and 207,695 are fully vaccinated.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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