Lesotho reviews Covid-19 risk determination

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By Lineo Ramatlapeng

Community based Covid-19 infections have surfaced in Leribe which has prompted the government of Lesotho to evaluate the Risk Determination and Mitigation framework and adopt a new framework that considers several factors.

The Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro announced this in a national address last night where he stated the new framework considers the epidemiological status, health care system readiness for increased infections, and forward-looking environmental factor.

He explained that experts in the field have advised that the risk determination is out-dated as the infection rate has changed from travel-based infections to community transmission. Majoro said the government previously monitored the movement around ports of entry to determine mitigation frameworks.

“This framework is more attuned to the community transmission that the country now faces and dispenses with the reproduction orate that was more tailored to travel-based infections” Majoro said.

He noted that based on the framework, the country moves into the colour blue, effective from today and lifts restrictions on businesses and activities, opening the economy more. The curfew is still in place but has been extended from 22:00pm to 04:00am.

On February 28, the rate of infection was 7% and the Prime Minister said then that for the country to be safe, the reproduction rate had to be below 5%.

However, Majoro expressed concern over the upcoming Easter holidays and winter as well as a possible third wave that might take root in Africa.

The new cases in Leribe were found in the Fobane village and Holy Family high school.

 

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