Botswana’s reported COVID-19 cases decline despite Omicron’s presence

Botswana's reported COVID-19 cases decline despite Omicron's presence

Botswana’s reported COVID-19 cases have declined despite the detection of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Botswana was one of the first two countries in the world to report cases of the Omicron variant, along with South Africa.

While COVID-19 cases are rising in neighboring South Africa, Botswana has recorded a decrease.

Last week, Botswana reported 19 cases of the new Omicron variant, when it was first detected in four diplomats visiting the southern African country.

But Mogomotsi Matshaba, scientific adviser to the COVID-19 task force, says the country’s total figures are low, with only 27 cases being reported between Monday and Thursday.

“The new number of active cases has come down to 431, a positive development that we encourage all of you to continue working together to keep this low,” Matshaba said. “The entire country remains green in terms of COVID zones, which means disease activity is relatively low, but it does not mean that there is no disease.”

Matshaba says the number of people infected with the new Omicron variant is 24, all showing mild symptoms and not requiring hospitalization.

They say that the low number of cases, despite the presence of a highly communicable variant, could be due to a variety of factors.

He says that there can be many reasons for this. It could be vaccination or it could be public education about the pandemic, Matshaba says. But, he warned that the situation could change at any moment.

Botswana is one of the few African countries to have met the World Health Organization’s vaccination target of vaccinated 10 percent of its population by the end of September.

Of its more than two million people, at least 21.6 percent have been fully vaccinated, while nearly a million have received the first dose.

Due to the low caseload, Botswana has decided to impose stricter limits, unlike neighboring Zimbabwe.

Botswana’s President Mokgwetsi Masi said in an address to the nation that the situation remained stable despite the emergence of Omicron.

“To date, all of our key indicators are stable,” Masi said. “This is comforting, although it still does not guarantee any complacency on our part in terms of behavior and other attitude patterns towards this dreadful disease. We are seeing the new form of anxiety as a proactive response to the evolving situation. closely monitoring.”

Massi says it is unfortunate that the country is paying the price for having to locate and report the new version to the world.

“It defeats the spirit of multilateral cooperation in dealing with this global pandemic,” Massey said. “The decision to ban our citizens from traveling to certain countries was made in haste and is not only unfair but it is also unfair. The harshness of the decision underpins our belief in the integrity and equality of declared friendship and the sincerity of economic commitment. Has made a shaking effect. Prosperity to us.”

The outbreak of the Omicron variant has seen most countries impose travel restrictions, especially in southern African countries.

The variant has since been reported in countries around the world.


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