Botswana President Eric Masisi self-isolates after trip to Namibia


Botswana President Eric Masisi is in self-isolation for 14 days after a trip to Namibia where three people tested positive for coronavirus.

According to a Press release from the Botswana government, Masisi will be tested for COVID-19 while in isolation.

“(He) will be working from his official residence but quarantined away from his family. The Director of Health services has extended the same impositions to the rest the entourage that travelled with His Excellency the President to Namibia,” the statement reads.

Masisi had travelled to Namibia on Saturday, March 21 for President Hage Geingob’s inauguration.

Meanwhile, four government ministers in Burkina Faso have tested positive for the coronavirus, a government spokesman said on Saturday, as the number of reported cases rose to 64 from 40, the highest in West Africa.

The ministers of foreign affairs, mines, education, and the interior have all tested positive in recent days, the spokesman said.

“The rumor has become reality … I have just been notified that I have COVID-19,” foreign affairs minister Alpha Barry said in a tweet late on Friday, referring to media reports that had speculated about his health.