News & Analysis: Botswana

African Adaptations to the COVID-19 Response

“Africa’s response to the pandemic would need to be customized to its own realities, challenges, resources, and strengths. This has spurred a number of innovations and adaptations to the coronavirus response in African initiatives that continue to unfold.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies

The Coronavirus’s Impact Throughout Africa (podcast)

“Michelle D. Gavin, CFR’s senior fellow for Africa studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the novel coronavirus is affecting Angola, Botswana, Sudan, and other nations throughout Africa.”

via Council for Foreign Relations

Botswana’s entire parliament quarantined after coronavirus scare

“All Botswana’s parliamentarians including President Mokgweetsi Masisi will be quarantined for 14 days and tested for the new coronavirus, after a health worker screening lawmakers for the virus herself tested positive. The health worker had checked the temperatures of some of the lawmakers on Wednesday during a special sitting of parliament.”

via Reuters

Relying on the Neighbours

“President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s leadership on the coronavirus crisis got off to a bad start. On 21 March, days after telling the nation about isolating, not travelling, and all the other precautions, he flew to Windhoek to attend the inauguration of President Hage Geingob. On his return in went into 14 days of isolation, which didn’t protect him from a storm of opposition criticism for hypocrisy.”

via Africa Confidential

In Africa, social distancing is a privilege few can afford

“In South Africa – which declared a national state of disaster because of the pandemic last week – the working classes are navigating how to avoid contamination on cramped public transport on their way to meagre-paying jobs that often only help them live hand-to-mouth, while the more affluent classes empty large chain stores to stockpile as much food and toilet paper as they can.”

via Al Jazeera