The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the rapidly spreading Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, acknowledging what has seemed clear for some time — the virus will likely spread to all countries on the globe.
The Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during the declaration that the situation was expected to worsen. “We expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher.”
Apart from imposing restrictions on incoming and outgoing travels through closure of some Lesotho’s formal borders with South Africa, the schools’ activities have been suspended as of March 19 until April 20. Public gatherings have also been suspended.
The freedom of movement of people shall be negatively affected, especially those people who visit Lesotho from the countries already affected by the virus, who will be thoroughly checked before they could be allowed into the country.
Prime Minister Thabane said Fedix hotel, Likileng in Butha-Buthe has been earmarked for emergency testing and 14 days quarantine of anyone detected to have the virus, for people arriving from affected areas as well as Lesotho nationals who have visited affected areas upon return to Lesotho.