Botswana records highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-16 23:58:42|Editor: huaxia

GABORONE, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Fifty people tested positive for COVID-19 in Botswana on Wednesday, marking the highest spike in cases recorded in 24 hours in the Southern African country.

The coordinator of the Presidential Task Team for COVD-19 Kereng Masupu revealed this to the media in a press conference on Thursday.

The number brought to a total of 522 cases diagnosed out of approximately 55,520 tests conducted since the first case in March.

From the 50 recorded cases on Wednesday, 80 percent are non-citizens and the majority of them were detected at the country's borders with South Africa.

Out of all the recorded cases, 96 are Batswana citizens, 44 of whom being truck drivers transporting essential services from South Africa.

Masupu said Botswana's strategy of sentinel testing has proved to be more effective as compared to mass community testing.

With the recent strategy, testing resources are employed towards high risk individuals and places as well as people showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Testing is concentrated at all points of entry, villages and towns close to borders, bus and taxi ranks.

Masupu said the strategy has shown to be effective evidenced by the large number of cases detected at the borders. Enditem