…as Lesotho fears rise in COVID-19 infections
LESOTHO has restricted all travelers from India from entering the country as part of its bid to curb the COVID-19 third wave which is said to have been detected in India as the Delta variant.
As of 5th July, Lesotho had already recorded 128 new COVID-19 cases out of 1 226 tests conducted in the last 72 hours, bringing the number of cumulative cases to 11 5684. This is according to the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) report.
The surge in positive cases comes barely a few days following the national address by Deputy Prime Minister Mathibeli Mokhothu, where he announced that the country was in the blue colour code, which called for downsizing of public gatherings and the ban of political rallies, while schools had closed immediately until 2nd August.
Mr Mokhothu said over the past three weeks, the infection rate had escalated by 5% from 0% and that the Delta variant which is now claiming lives in the neighboring South Africa poses a huge threat in Lesotho.
According to the NACOSEC report, there are four recoveries and no deaths related to the pandemic. To date the total number of COVID-related deaths in the country since last year stands at 329.