President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, has tested positive for Covid, the government said on Monday.

Masisi has gone into isolation, Daily Dates Nigeria reports.

Botswana and South Africa were the first countries to detect the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

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“The president does not have any symptoms and will continue to receive close medical monitoring by his medical doctors,” it said in a statement, adding that the test had been carried out as a matter of routine.

Vice President Slumber Tsogwane will replace him until further notice, the statement said.