Motopi — The Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane has said complying with COVID-19 regulations is the only way out.

Mr Tsogwane, who was addressing COVID-19 teams in Motopi, Moremaoto and Makalamabedi on Friday said people should know that COVID-19 would affect them as long as there was close interaction with others.

He noted that there were some people who did not show symptoms of novel coronavirus though they had tested positive for the virus.

“We can not defeat the war against COVID-19 if we fail to abide by regulations,” he said.

Mr Tsogwane said washing hands repeatedly and wearing face mask was the strategic way to fight the virus. The Vice President who is also Boteti West MP, cautioned Batswana against irresponsible consumption of alcohol, warning that the ban could be reinstated if people were not responsible enough.

He stated that there were no accidents during the lockdown, but if the situation changed, government would be compelled to act.

Mr Tsogwane condemned some employers who violated the regulations by dismissing their employees from work though they were advised against it.

He commended Botswana Police Services and Botswana Defence Force for their immense contribution towards COVID-19 fund stating they demonstrated that they were patriotic.

The Vice President emphasised on cleanliness to avoid the spread of COVID-19, saying washing basins had been installed in schools by the entrance and by the bathrooms for regular hand washing.