THE government has resolved to move the country from a strict purple colour code to a more relaxed purple as scores of people have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sept. 20, 2021
3 min read
Govt implements more Covid adjustments
Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro
- Infection rate decreases from nine to five percent
- Social gathering allowed under set health protocols
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Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro made this announcement last week in his national address, showing that the adjustments will be implemented effective from September 18.
He said the government opted for this change owing to the decreased COVID-19 infection rate from nine percent to five percent.
Dr Majoro said this is because the nation continues to observe COVID-19 protocols.
He said in spite of the adjustments made, the nation should keep observing the stipulated health regulations such as regular washing of hands with soap and running water, sanitising and observing social distancing among others.
The PM was quick to note that currently, a total of 343 888 people have accessed the injection, adding that this comprises 17.4 percent of people who have to be vaccinated against the virus.
The target, he said is to ensure that they administer the vaccine to 1.6 million eligible Basotho, adding that their plan is to reach this target by the end of November.
Dr Majoro highlighted that the pandemic has led to 593 deaths, 1 760 new infections and a total of 11 061 recoveries.
The country recently received 528 000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine including 428 000 doses of Johnson & Johnson and 100 000 doses of Sinopharm.
Dr Majoro said the government has made positive strides that include equipping three hospitals in Berea, Leribe and Mafeteng with Medical Oxygen Generating, Plants which will assist those in need of medical oxygen.
He said before this change, the country had 35 percent oxygen, adding that the figure has since increased to 65 percent.
He informed the public that new regulations under the new level include extension of the curfew which is now between 11pm and 4am while also opening borders for everyone.
He said for social gatherings, funerals and entertainment, any number of people can gather while still observing COVID-19 regulations, adding however that no alcohol consumption is allowed at such gatherings.
Sports activities, he said are allowed without spectators, while gymnasiums can operate with 15 percent capacity indoors or 50 percent outside.
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Political rallies are allowed at the local branches with a capacity of 100 people.
Dr Majoro said liquor stores are allowed to sell takeaways from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm while restaurants and fast foods will open from 6am to 9pm.
Initiation schools, night clubs, public parks and protests are still prohibited.
The Premier said if the nation continues to observe the stipulated regulations, all other activities will soon be opened to allow economic growth.
The country is still waiting for 130 000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which includes 100 000 doses from South Africa and 30 000 doses from the Sesiu sa Letšoele le beta poho, a fund established by Lesotho business community. LeNA