Lesotho Covid-19 cases shoot to 12

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Likeleli Masithe

Lesotho has recorded eight more Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, the country’s Ministry of Health said Sunday.

This brings the number of cases to 12 since the beginning of the pandemic.

“The Ministry of Health informs the nation of eight additional cases of Covid-19, increasing the total number of cases to 12, with two recoveries,” said a statement from the ministry.

“The new cases (patients) are aged between 21 and 47 years. Two are from Maseru, four are from Mohale’s Hoek, one from Berea and one from Butha-Buthe.”

Seven of the patients have a history of travelling to South Africa while one recently travelled from Zimbabwe.

Two thousand one hundred and thirty-seven specimens have so far been tested and 2125 of those have tested negative.

Until last month, Lesotho enjoyed the Covid-19-free tag in Africa.

The cases had remained low despite the tiny mountain kingdom being completely surrounded by South Africa, the epicentre of the virus on the continent.

The neighbouring economic powerhouse had by Sunday recorded a staggering 92 681 cases.

Lesotho’s Covid-19 figures have for a long time been a subject of scrutiny given the huge traffic to and from South Africa.

This is also worsened by the country’s poor health delivery system.

Although a local company has pledged to construct a laboratory to enable Lesotho to start in-country testing, the laboratory is yet to be constructed.

Last month health ministry officials complained about the huge number of illegal crossings from South Africa after borders were closed two months ago.

On Thursday, four Zimbabwean nationals resident in Lesotho tested positive of Covid-19 on arrival from Maseru, further casting doubt on the official figures.

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