Tanzania confirms first coronavirus death, Botswana announces ‘extreme lockdown’

By BBC On Tue, 31 Mar, 2020 15:47 | < 1 min read
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Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli. PHOTO | FILE

Tanzania’s health ministry has announced the country’s first death from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.

The patient was a 49-year-old Tanzanian man who had other underlying health conditions.

The country has confirmed 18 cases to date, including one recovered patient.

Botswana lockdown

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has declared a state of emergency for 28 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

He said there will be an “extreme lockdown” from Thursday onwards when only those providing essential services will be allowed to leave their homes.

Each essential-service provider will be issued with a special a Covid-19 travel permit” by the government, he said.

Botswana on Monday became the latest African country to confirm coronavirus cases after three people tested positive.

The president has also summoned parliament to meet again within seven days and pass state-of-emergency regulations.

President Masisi said people should not panic-buy essential goods as supply will continue during the lockdown.

He said further guidelines on how people will get essential goods and services will be issued, and a relief fund had been set up to cushion those affected.

Botswana’s government will give a wage subsidy to help businesses retain employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

President Masisi said his government will continue to build up grain and fuel reserves and provide water and medical equipment during the emergency.

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