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Lesotho bans travel from India

The Minister of Home Affairs Motlalentoa Letsosa

May 18, 2021 2 min read

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WITH the Lesotho government’s ban on travellers from India in effect from May 12, anyone who wishes to travel to the south Asian country has been warned that they will be going at their own risk.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Chief Information Officer Hape Marumo, the restriction is intended to stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variant detected in India to Lesotho.

She said pursuant to the above mentioned regulations, the Minister of Home Affairs Motlalentoa Letsosa in consultation with his health counterpart, Semano Sekatle has also instructed that only Maseru and Maputsoe ports of entry should operate for 24 hours effective from May 3.
For her part, the Public Relations Officers of the Ministry of Health, ’Mateboho Mosebekoa said it is imperative to protect Basotho from the deadly virus that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.

She said there are currently no cancer patients who are send by the government of Lesotho to India as the Ministry of Health halted that some months ago, highlighting that the travel ban applies to all travelers.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro relaxed travel restrictions a few weeks ago as the country is on colour blue which means international travel is permitted while observing COVID-19 protocols including 72 hours negative certificate.
However, the neighbouring South Africa through its Department of Health earlier confirmed that two variants found in India and the United Kingdom (UK) have been detected in South Africa.
In a statement, the department confirmed that the country has 11 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant discovered in the UK and four cases of the B.1.617.2 variant found in India. LeNA

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