Botswana’s authorities are expected to deport additional 500 Zimbabwean nationals over COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the bordering country, country’s local media reported Thursday.

Some 500 Zimbabwean nationals will be deported from Botswana after experiencing hardships due to firm coronavirus restrictions imposed by authorities including a 28-day-lockdown and declaring a six-month state of emergency, leaving a number of Zimbabweans without jobs and in “imminent hunger”, the News Day website reported.

“The government of Zimbabwe should expect to receive 500 deportees from Botswana,” the website quoted a statement by Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Botswana Batirai Henry Mukonoweshuro, as reading.

“About 230 people

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