The government of Botswana Wednesday requested legislators to approve a 6-month state of public emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus in the South African country.

“The government has taken the view that a declaration of six months state of emergency will accord sufficient time to allow the marshaling of what is needed to succeed in the fight,’’ said a statement posted on the official Twitter handle of the government.

On April 2, President Mokgweetsi Masisi signed the emergency powers regulation requiring all non-essential workers to remain home for 3 weeks and all citizens to respect social distancing rules.

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