Two more Covid-19 cases for Lesotho

Two more Covid-19 cases for Lesotho

MASERU-LESOTHO this week recorded two more Covid-19 cases bringing the number of individuals who have been diagnosed with the disease to four.

However, the first two patients have since recovered, according to Health Minister Motlatsi Maqelepo.
In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Health said out of the four patients, two arrived in the country from Cape Town on May 23, another through the Qacha’s Nek border post while the other entered the country illegally.

The patient who entered Lesotho through the border gate was screened immediately, tested and sent for self-isolation at his home.
The other one was spotted by villagers who alerted the Ministry of Health.
He too was tested immediately and ordered to self-isolate.
These were among the 421 people whose blood samples were sent to South Africa for tests, and all of them had entered the country from South Africa during the lockdown.

The samples were sent to South Africa last Friday and the results arrived back on Monday this week.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health Motlatsi Maqelepo said his ministry has a lot of work to do to save the lives of Basotho.
He said he is yet to meet the Principal Chiefs who will liaise with chiefs under their jurisdiction to pass a message that all people who had returned from South Africa be traced.

Maqelepo said those returnees from South Africa should be quarantined.
Most of the Basotho who are entering the country are coming from the Cape in South Africa, which has been the epicentre of Covid-19 in South Africa.
As of yesterday close to 36 000 South Africans had been diagnosed with Covid-19 with 755 people succumbing to the disease.
Over 18 000 have since recovered from the disease.

Many Basotho who come back home work in the worst-hit province of Western Cape, that has registered 23 583 positive cases and 568 deaths.
Others work in the Easter Cape that has 4 324 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 88 deaths.

Staff reporter

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