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First Covid-19 case confirmed in Lesotho

While many provinces had been battling with the Covid-19 pandemic, Lesotho had remained safe for the entire during of the lockdown. Lesotho announced that they registered their first positive COVID-19 case, making them the ultimate African country to declare a mortal virus outbreak. 

Health minister Nkaku Kabi has stated that samples sent for testing to South Africa have returned with a positive verdict. 

"The health ministry is informing the Basotho nation and the entire community residing in Lesotho that the country is now seeing the first verified COVID-19 event," read a statement. 

The statement said that the first to undergo testing were travelers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia, and one of those 81 tests was confirmed positive for the virus.

Despite not having reported any cases, the Kingdom had enforced lockdown controls, with the selling of alcohol banned, as is the case in South Africa. 

With Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announcing earlier in May that he will step down at the end of July, the country finds itself in the midst of a leadership crisis. 

"The Ministry of Health will continue to conduct active cases through vigilant screening and testing of all suspected cases at all designated entry points, at health facilities and in communities, as well as monitoring those under house quarantine," says National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

Stay safe, stay at home.

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