Basotho urged to be vigilant as first COVID-19 case is recorded
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By Matiisetso Mosala
Lesotho’s COVID-19 National Emergency Command Centre has this afternoon confirmed that one person has tested positive for Corona Virus.
Lesotho was the only African country with no recorded COVID-19 case, until May 12.
The Command Centre’s chairman Chief Thsele ’Maseribane confirmed that among the 597 tested cases, 295 tested negative while 301 people’s results are pending and only one person tested positive.
Maseribane urged the nation to remain calm and adhere to the World Health Organization’s declared safety precautions in respect of COVID-19.
In a statement, Health Director General, Dr ‘Nyane Letsie informed the public that of the 81 new tests conducted by the ministry, one tested positive for COVID-19. She said the samples for tests were transported to the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) in South Africa on Monday May 11.
’Nyane said the results came back on May 12 and samples were from persons with travel history to South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
‘Maseribane said the confirmed case is of a person who had been under the 14 days quarantine.
He said the time has come for Basotho to be vigilant and observe the precautions set by WHO such as social distancing, wearing masks and using hand sanitizers or washing hands with soap regularly and running water at all times.
Health Minister Nkaku Kabi Monday had said 180 samples that were shipped to NICD on May 8 and 9 2020 came back negative.
Now, this has changed after 597 tests have been conducted by the country thus far; 295 negative and 301 pending results with only one positive case recorded.
Dr Letsie encouraged the public to stay calm as the ministry will continue to carry out active findings through vigilant screening and testing all the suspected cases at all designated points of entry, at health facilities and in the communities, as well as monitoring of those on home quarantine.
“We plead with the public to calm down, be vigilant and maintain safety protocol to minimize the spread of the virus,” Dr Letsie said.