Wednesday, May 22, 2024

At least 31 frontline workers test positive for Covid-19

Director of Health Services Dr Malaki Tshipayagae has expressed concern over the increasing cases of infected COVID-19 frontline workers.

Speaking on Monday Tshipayagae said at least 31 frontline workers had already tested positive for the virus. 

He said the surge in numbers of positive cases involving health workers will have a negative impact on the government’s efforts to contain the virus. 

Those infected by the virus include nurses and staff providing cleaning services. Botswana has so far conducted almost 100, 000 tests. At least 54,400 tests were conducted at points of entry while 39,020 were conducted on locals. 

Tshipayagae said there were 94 cases recorded between August 11 and 13 including 67 Batswana and 27 foreign nationals. Botswana cases stood at 427 with at least 288 active cases and 136 recovered.  At least 881 cases involving foreign nationals were transferred back to their respective countries.

Tshipayagae also expressed concern that the virus was now beginning to spread across the country with cases recorded in Mahalapye and Selebi Phikwe.  

Gaborone remains the epicentre of the virus. The Health Services Director said failure by the general public to abide by the COVID-19 protocols remains the main cause of the spread citing illegal gatherings as well failure to wear face masks.

“This frustrates our efforts to curb the spread of the virus,” he said. Social gatherings are limited to only 50 participants. No inter zonal movements to attend these gatherings will be permitted. Testing will only be conducted on those inter zonal travellers coming from areas where contact tracing is ongoing.” 

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