According to Kabi, 81 people were tested given their recent traveling chart. The positive patient is a Lesothan student who returned from Saudi Arabia via South Africa, with no visible symptoms. The health authorities decided to isolate the patient to prevent the virus spreading. As the health functionary explained, the other results are to determinated.
Over 72,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent - with more than 25,000 recoveries & 2,400 deaths. The first case in Lesotho���� was confirmed in the past 24hrs.
Lesotho is encircled by South Africa, which registers the highest number of cases and deaths in the continent, with 12,074 positive cases and 219 deaths.
The South African nation implemented on March 29 a border lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading to travelers. Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announced on May 6 a quarantine for all non-essential services and activities.
Lesotho Health Minister Kabi has just concluded a LIVE television address confirming that a returning Lesotho citizen who has been in South Africa and Saudi Arabia has tested positive to #COVID19. The person was not showing any suspicious symptoms and has been kept in isolation. pic.twitter.com/wcl5hYhmwk
Thabane proclaimed the end of the quarantine will take place on May 22, under seniority arguments. After political pressure, given murder accusations against him and his wife, he quit office on May 13. The 80-years-old functionary resignation coincided with the virus outbreak.
The country's Finance Minister, Moeketsi Majoro, is expected to succeed him and manage the new scenario after the virus outbreak. The Kingdom of Lesotho also faces high HIV tolls, with over 15% of the population suffering from the virus.
After Lesotho reported its first case, the African continent has recorded 74,345 positive cases, 2,508 deaths, and 26,351 recoveries.