On May 13, 2020 Lesotho recorded its first case of COVID-19. It has been a week since the first case. The patient had no COVID-19 symptoms except dry coughing which emerged recently and is still well. Today, the health authorities have reported another case of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health has informed the Nation that 256 samples were collected from suspected cases of COVID-19 and travellers from South Africa from 12th to 17th May, 2020.
The specimens were sent to NICD in the Republic of South Africa for testing on the 18th May, 2020. Results for the 18 specimens that were pending, and 256 totaling to 274, were received on the 20th May, 2020. Of these 274, 273 tested negative while one tested positive for SARS-COV-2.
While awaiting results, the suspected cases are kept in isolation or home quarantine where feasible and they are treated for symptoms.
The Ministry of Health will continue to carry out vigilant screening procedures at ports of Entry, in villages and health facilities as well as monitoring of those on home quarantine.
The Ministry pleads with the public to calm down, be vigilant and maintain safety protocol to minimize the spread of the virus; that is wash hands with soap and water, observe coughing and sneezing etiquette, follow quarantine measures and adhere to the set terms of the lock-down and reduce hte possible spread of the disease.
With Lesotho confirming on 13 May its first case of COVID-19, all countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have now been affected by the pandemic.