By Staff Writers

Maseru, May 13 (The Night’s Watch) – The Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed the country’s first positive COVID-19 case.

“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 COVID-19,” the ministry said in a statement.

It said it conducted 81 tests for COVID-19 from travellers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia on May 9.

“On the May 11, the samples were shipped to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa and results were obtained on May 12. Eighty people tested negative for COVID-19 while one tested positive,” the statement read.

It added that: “To date, we have sent 597 specimens for testing at NICD, 295 are negative and 301 are still pending results.”

The ministry pleaded with citizens to “calm down, be vigilant and maintain safety protocol and minimise the spread of the virus”. NW

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