By Staff Writers
Maseru, March 10 (The Night’s Watch) – The government of Lesotho has implemented ban for international travel as a precaution in response to the growing concerns of coronavirus.
The cabinet agreed on Monday to implement the ban as a precaution, according to the Ministry of Health’s Principal Secretary (PS) Thebe Mokoatle.
“You are hereby notified that due to the outbreak of corona virus spreading the whole world, cabinet at its sitting has decided to suspend all international travel with immediate effect in order to avoid the spread of the pandemic until measures to control the spread are taken,” Mokoatle said in an internal memo on Monday.
He added: “Your cooperation in this matter will highly be appreciated.”
Currently, Lesotho has no reported case of COVID-19.
There are currently 114,643 confirmed cases and 4,031 deaths from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak as of March 10, 2020, 10:53 GMT.
Closer to home, in South Africa, coronavirus cases rose to seven on Monday, more ‘expected’.
South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said he was not surprised by the positive coronavirus cases emanating from a group which recently returned to South Africa from Italy.
Addressing the media as part of an inter-ministerial committee tasked with handling the potential outbreak in South Africa, Mkhize confirmed that the total number of coronavirus cases had risen to seven on Monday.
All cases are limited to a group of travellers which returned to the country after holidaying in Italy, the worst-hit country outside of China which has recorded more than 300 deaths.
At least 16 million people have been placed under quarantine in northern Italy. NW