Botswana registered its first suspected case of the coronavirus on Thursday, said the government in a press statement released Friday afternoon.
“The suspected case was registered at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport upon arrival using Ethiopian Airways from China. The case is still under isolation at Block 8 Clinic and investigations are ongoing,” Botswana’s ministry of health and wellness said.
According to the ministry, the unnamed man displayed symptoms consistent with the coronavirus but did not say what those symptoms were.
The ministry said it will continue to closely monitor the situation in consultation with World Health Organization and will keep the public updated as well.
Botswana government has urged citizens to take precaution in order to avoid contracting the virus.
It has advised travellers to “practice good hygiene and avoid affected and crowded places”. In addition, citizens experiencing fever, difficulty breathing, fatigue and headache are urged to seek medical attention with immediate effect.