The Health and Wellness ministry says samples taken from two new suspected coronavirus cases have not yet returned from the South African labs testing them.
Two women were isolated at Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital recently upon arrival in Botswana from Dubai and China respectively. The suspected cases follow the first five registered late January, which later on tested negative.
Ministry of Health and Wellness chief public relations officer, Doreen Motshegwa told The Monitor that the suspected cases are under observation while awaiting the results from the regional lab in South Africa.
Motshegwa said at this point, the local public health officials continue to be on high alert particularly at international airports monitoring incoming passengers for signs of the disease.
With neighbouring South Africa confirming three cases of coronavirus this past week, she said the risk is high if people do not reduce some of risky habits such as travelling outside the country and not practising good hygiene.
Commenting on the danger posed by illegal immigrants, Motshegwa said although that is an issue for another government department, they pose risk just like those who travel through gazetted points
of entry. Botswana has a high number of Zimbabwean illegal immigrants since the two countries share a border.
Source : www.mmegi.bw