Botswana, one of the few countries in Africa without a confirmed case of coronavirus, has moved to secure its borders after neighboring Zimbabwe recorded its first coronavirus-related death on Monday.
Soldiers will be watching border crossings, but authorities say Zimbabweans who use unauthorized entry points present a real challenge.
Botswana’s government announced Tuesday it was closing all border crossing points with immediate effect.
Botswana’s Vice President Slumber Tsogwane addressed the nation on state television.
“The movement of people visiting neighboring countries including Lesotho and Swaziland is restricted. His excellency the President recently undertook an emergency official trip to Namibia to seize the presence of other regional heads of state to discuss critical COVID-19 measures taken in respect of countries sharing borders with Botswana,” said Tsogwane.