GABORONE - Botswana's capital, Gaborone, has been placed under total lockdown for two weeks after recording 30 new cases of coronavirus.

The order took effect on Thursday midnight.

"Essential services will operate at 25% capacity, there will be no movement withing the Greater Gaborone Zone without a movement permit and movement to and from Greater Gaborone Zone will be void with immediate effect," said Kereng Masupu, the coordinator of the presidential Covid-19 taskforce.

Botswana has to date confirmed 170 coronavirus cases and two deaths.(FA)