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.
Lesotho recorded a confirmed case yesterday, full details to follow soon.— Lesotho Covid Response (@LResponse) May 13, 2020
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.
What the Lesotho NECC can confirm is: the case is imported from the middle east, with no signs and symptoms. An official statement to follow.— Lesotho Covid Response (@LResponse) May 13, 2020
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.