Local economist Keith Jeffries highlighted that the cost of health related interventions needed to stem the impact of COVID-19 is relatively small and the economic loss will be huge.
He said the economic losses should motivate the importance of opening up economic activity in a risk-managed fashion as soon as possible
Meanwhile authorities have commenced easing COVID-19 restriction to allow the country to return to normal after five weeks of a nationwide lockdown.
The coordinator of the Presidential Task team on COVID-19, Kereng Masupu, on Friday said though people will continue to stay at home and apply for movements permits, workers will be allowed to slowly return to work in phases.
“During the initial phase, May 8-14, 2020, it is mandated that only 25 percent of the work force returns to work,” said Masupu.
However, companies have been challenged to maintain a register of all employees, visitors and customers while continuing to observe social distancing of one to two meters.
In addition, the businesses have been requested to provide sanitizers or means of washing hands, including masks, and deny entry to anyone who fails to abide by the guidelines.
Botswana has not recorded any new infections over the past two weeks, with nine recoveries from the 23 cases. Enditem