STATE OF EMERGENCY
President Masisi announces a "state of emergency" under Section 17 of the Constitution of Botswana. The state of emergency is effective from midnight on April 2 until further notice. (See primary source or citation here)
Botswana recorded its first case on March 31, 2020. The government declared a state of emergency on April 2, 2020, and has adopted a list of containment measures, including social distancing and travel bans. The government has lifted some restrictions on May 22 after 7 weeks of lockdown. In June 2020, the country has recorded a spike in cases, resulting in a partial 2-weeks lockdown of the capital city starting from June 30. Many of the restrictions have been relaxed gradually. However, the state of emergency is further extended from March 31, 2021 to September 30, 2021, along with an extension on curfew and localized lockdowns. On the economic front, diamond sales, and tourism and travel activities have fallen sharply, and lockdowns in neighboring countries have disrupted both regional supply and demand. The parliament has approved the mid-term review of NDP 11 including a 14.5 billion stimulus to support the recovery and facilitate structural transformation. Botswana has made an upfront payment to COVAX, the World Health Organization's vaccine arrangement, to acquire 940,800 vaccines under a two-dose regime, enough to cover about 20 percent of the population. In addition, Botswana has paid US$7.1 million to the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) to secure more vaccine doses. Botswana started its vaccination campaign on March 26, 2021 after receiving 30,000 vaccine doses donated by India. It received its first consignment of 33,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX facility in March 2021, and 200,000 Sinopharm vaccines donated by China. The government has secured nearly 2 million doses, including pending shipments of 1.1 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 250,000 doses from Moderna, enough to cover the entire 1.6 million adult population.