Lesotho, the final African nation to have been unaffected by coronavirus, on Wednesday introduced it had detected its first case of COVID-19.
The virus was detected on a person amongst 81 individuals who had been examined after arriving final week from Saudi Arabia and neighbouring South Africa, the well being ministry mentioned in a press release.
“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,” Director-General Dr. Nyane Letsie mentioned.
The affected person is a Lesotho nationwide learning in Saudi Arabia.
Lesotho went into lockdown on March 29 to guard itself from a possible unfold of the virus from South Africa, which solely surrounds the dominion and has the best variety of confirmed instances on the continent.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane loosened the restrictions on May 6 permitting “all non-essential services and enterprises” to “temporarily open shop”.
South Africa has 11,350 confirmed instances and 206 deaths.