ALTHOUGH no COVID-19 related deaths were recorded on July 23, the nation was however, shocked by the increased number of COVID-19 fatalities as per the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) report, dated July 24.
July 26, 2021
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Basotho reel with shock over COVID-19 fatalities
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According to the report, the country has recorded six new deaths, taking the cumulative to 363.
In addition, 93 new COVID-19 cases were recorded out of 935 tests that were conducted, taking the cumulative infections to 12 880 with no recoveries, whose total now stands at 6 621.
Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro announced a few days ago that the country has moved to the colour purple code from the blue one due to increasing COVID-19 infection rate.
He said in the last three weeks, COVID-19 infections and deaths increased considerably, putting the already overstretched health system under even more pressure.
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Dr Majoro said the country has breached the threshold of epidemic control which is five percent positivity rate.
He said at 9-10 percent and rising, this level of infections coupled with rising health system utilisation and a full blown third wave in South Africa necessitate a review of the current mitigation standard.
At least 130 765 COVID-19 tests have been conducted since the pandemic hit the country last year. LeNA