Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi said Friday that the COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa has been found to be the most dominant in the country.

Addressing the nation on the state of the pandemic, Masisi said research has indicated that 80 percent of local cases are of the variant first detected in South Africa, which is reported to be easily transmittable.

Botswana had closed borders with South Africa except for essential travel but reopened the borders in December 2020.

To curb the pandemic, Botswanan health officials have introduced a night-time curfew and banned the sale and consumption of alcohol.

In his address, Masisi said the curfew will be extended to March 31. Enditem

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