A worker wearing a protective gear prepares to spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 16, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A worker wearing a protective gear prepares to spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 16, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Coronavirus: Botswana finalises plan to repratriate 25 citizens from China

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Mar 16, 2020

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RUSTENBURG - Botswana has finalised a repatriation plan for 25 of its nationals stuck in Wuhan, the Chinese city which is the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, local media reported on Monday.

The plan is now awaiting cabinet consideration, Mmegi newspaper reported.

Wuhan has been on lockdown, with its residents including the Batswana not being allowed to leave their houses since January 23.

Last week, a representative of students in Wuhan told Mmegi that some had experienced panic attacks and were in danger of slipping into depression as a result of the lockdown.

The latest World Health Organisation update said 153,517 Covid-19 cases had been reported world wide, including 10,982 new ones. The death toll has risen to 5,735 globally.

China alone has 81,048 confirmed cases, with 3,204 deaths, while the rest of the world has 72,469 cases in 143 countries, with 2,531 deaths.

African News Agency

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