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GOVERNMENT TO START COVID-19 RANDOM COMMUNITY TESTING

Written by on August 17, 2020

In an effort to determine the extent of the spread of COVID-19 in communities, the government will start surveillance testing of the COVID-19 virus this week.

The announcement was made by the Director of Health Services Malaki Tshipayagae on a local media over the weekend.

Tshipayagae said they have already identified health facilities around the country where people will be tested randomly, and they intend to conduct around 20,000 tests monthly.

Botswana has been concentrating their testing at the country’s entry points and on contact tracing of those who have already tested positive for the virus.

The move has worked well for the country having registered majority of its confirmed cases having been recorded at borders.

However, a recent surge in local transmissions has forced health authorities to change strategy with regards to testing at it shows the virus is now spreading with communities.
There has been over a 100 percent increase in confirmed local cases in the past two weeks, which resulted in the capital city Gaborone being put under a two-week lockdown that ended last Thursday.

Addressing the nation on Thursday, Health and Wellness Minister Lemogang Kwape said the increase in local cases, especially within schools was a great concern for health authorities as the pattern of the virus spread has now changed.


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