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Lesotho remains only African country free of COVID-19

Minister of Health Nkaku Kabi

May 5, 2020 1 min read

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MASERU – Lesotho was on May 1 reported as the only country in Africa with no reported case of COVID-19 after the Comoros reported its first case.

According to information released this week by the African Union (AU) Commission, 53 African states have since confirmed a total of 39 018 Coronavirus cases with 1 640 deaths and 12 750 recoveries.
The Ministry of Health has also reported that a total of 31 suspected cases of COVID-19 have since been identified in Lesotho although all the cases tested negative.
The country is currently under lockdown as part of its measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore the ministry has indicated that it will continue to carry out active case finding through vigilant screening and testing of all suspected cases at all designated ports of entry, health facilities and communities.


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The Minister of Health Nkaku Kabi earlier this week showed that the COVID-19 expansion of tests in the country will commence next week.
He said tests will start in Mokhotlong, Qacha's Nek and Quthing as the three districts are commonly used for illegal crossing into Lesotho from South Africa.



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