Botswana president's residency placed under enhanced vigilance against COVID-19 spread

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-21 21:46:06|Editor: huaxia

GABORONE, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Health authorities in Botswana have enhanced vigilance against COVID-19 introduction and spread at the residency of the leader of the southern African country, President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

This is after some officials serving the presidency closely tested positive for COVID-19 while one unidentified official succumbed to death due to complications related to the global pandemic, said Andrew Sesinyi, the Botswana government spokesperson in a statement released Thursday.

Sesinyi said health officials immediately instituted risk assessment resulting in Masisi and his wife, Jane Neo Masisi underwent a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

However, their COVID-19 PCR tests came back negative, Sesinyi said.

"Routine COVID-19 testing for support staff members that serve the presidency closely have now been reinforced further, precautions and protocols of isolation and quarantine been effected on affected personnel," said Sesinyi

Sesinyi said no further information can be availed with regard to the duties and roles of the personnel that tested positive for the virus and the one who died in consonance with security precautions and protocols. Enditem