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COVID-19 pandemic in Lesotho

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COVID-19 pandemic in Lesotho
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationLesotho
Arrival date13 May 2020
(9 months, 2 weeks and 6 days)
OriginWuhan, Hubei, China (suspected)
30°35′14″N 114°17′17″E / 30.58722°N 114.28806°E / 30.58722; 114.28806
Confirmed cases1[1]
Recovered0[1]
Deaths
0[1]

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Lesotho on 13 May 2020.[2]

Prior to this, Lesotho was the last country in Africa to have no reported coronavirus disease 2019 cases during the global pandemic.[3][4]

The country did not have the ability to test for the virus,[5] and so, in order to prevent the spread of the virus the government closed its border with South Africa.[6] On 18 March, the government declared a national emergency despite having no confirmed cases, and closed schools until 17 April (but allowed school meals to continue). Arriving travellers were to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.[5] Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announced a three-week lock down from midnight 29 March.[7] Lesotho began sending its samples to South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases for testing.[8] Lesotho began lifting some aspects of the lockdown from 5 May.[9]


References[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Lesotho Coronavirus: 1 Cases and 0 Deaths - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. "LESOTHO RECORDS FIRST COVID-19 CASE". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  3. Silence Charumbira in Maseru. "Lesotho records first coronavirus case a week after lifting lockdown | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. "Coronavirus: All countries in Africa now have confirmed coronavirus after Lesotho is last with infection | World News". Sky News. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ngatane, Nthakoana. "Lesotho declares national emergency over COVID-19 outbreak". ewn.co.za. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  6. "Covid-19: Lesotho seals borders amid infection fears while SA tourism suffers". IOL. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  7. "Covid-19: Lesotho seals borders amid infection fears while SA tourism suffers". Sowetan Live. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  8. "COVID-19 EXCLUSIVE: Lesotho's Majoro pleads with Basotho not to return home". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  9. "Lesotho Eases Lockdown Restrictions With No Coronavirus Cases". Bloomberg. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.

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