Botswana on Monday night suspended all licenses for alcoholic beverages with immediate effect, as a precaution against a surge in COVID-19 infections in the South African country.
“The suspension of the sale of alcohol is based on evidence that alcohol consumption increases the risks posed by COVID-19 due to its negative effects on adherence to COVID-19 protocols,” said Malebogo Kebabonye, Director of Health Services Botswana. in notice.
Kebabonye said all liquor outlets in Botswana must remain closed and alcohol may not be sold or consumed in public until further notice.
Botswana has recorded 69,680 cases and 1,125 deaths linked to the epidemic, while 63,932 people have since recovered from the deadly disease.
Meanwhile, Botswana has vaccinated at least 157,288 people with the first dose while 84,280 people have been fully vaccinated.