Lesotho records a first case of COVID-19

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Communication from the Official Government of Lesotho COVID-19 response twitter account has shared the news of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lesotho.

On the 9th May 2020, The Ministry conducted 81 tests for COVID-19 from travelers from South-Africa and Saudi Arabia.

On the 11th May 2020 the samples were shipped to NICD in South-Africa and results were obtained on the 12th May 2020. 80 people tested negative for COVID-19 while 1 tested positive for COVID-19. To date, 597 specimens were sent for testing at NICD, 295 are negative and 301 are still pending results.

The Ministry of Health will continue to carry out active case finding through vigilant screening and testing all the suspected cases at all designated points of entry, at the health facilities and in the communities, as well as monitoring of those on home quarantine.

The Ministry also 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 the possible spread of the disease.

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