The Government of Botswana has extended the national lockdown period to curb the spread of the coronavirus by one week starting from 01 May 2020 to 07 May 2020. The extended lockdown period is followed by further two weeks during which the lockdown will be sequentially eased (08 May 2020 to 22 May 2020). The extension of the current twenty eight (28) day lockdown will be implemented in the following phases:
Phase 1: Extension of the current lockdown period conditions by one week (01 May 2020 - 07 May 2020). During this period, the Government of Botswana will also develop and finalize regulations for a phased lifting of lockdown rules in low risk sectors.
Phase 2: Starting from 08 May 2020 to 14 May 2020, the Government of Botswana will lift in a phased manner, some lockdown rules while at the same time introducing additional plans for further lifting of the remaining lockdown rules.
Phase 3: From 15 May 2020 to 22 May 2020, which will be the final week of the lockdown extension, the Government of Botswana will be lifting the remaining rules from the original lockdown rules implemented on 31 March 2020.
As of 28 April 2020, Botswana has recorded 22 cases of COVID-19, including one death, and has tested 6,210 of its 2.2 million inhabitants.