Lesotho records first case of coronavirus – television channels

Lesotho, the last African country not to have been affected by the coronavirus, announced on Wednesday that it had detected its first case of COVID-19.

The virus was detected in an individual among 81 people who were tested after arriving from Saudi Arabia and neighboring South Africa last week, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

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"The Ministry of Health informs the Basotho nation and the entire community living in Lesotho that the country now has the first confirmed case of COVI-19," said Director-General Dr. Nyane Letsie.

The patient is a Lesotho national and studies in Saudi Arabia.

Lesotho went into confinement on March 29 to protect itself from a possible spread of the South African virus, which surrounds the entire kingdom and has the largest number of confirmed cases on the continent.

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Prime Minister Thomas Thabane eased restrictions on May 6, allowing "all non-essential services and companies" to temporarily open stores.

South Africa has 11,350 confirmed cases and 206 deaths.

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