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Botswana bans sale of alcohol to curb COVID-19

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

The government of Botswana has banned the sale of alcohol in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

All liquor licenses have also been suspended in the Southern African country.

It comes days after the government reinstated a strict lockdown in the capital, Gaborone, for two weeks to curb rising cases of coronavirus.

A gazette notice said the suspension was until further notice. All alcohol selling stores will also remain closed as a result of the restrictions.

The Botswana government said the ban is necessary because alcohol has “negative effects on adherence to Covid-19 protocols”.

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The Southern African country has so far recorded 804 coronavirus cases with two deaths.

South Africa was the first country in the region to impose an alcohol ban.

It sparked agitations and the ban was lifted but re-introduced days after to check the spread of the virus.


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