Lesotho has become the last country in Africa to record a coronavirus case.
This development was reported by BBC. The mountain kingdom is completely surrounded by South Africa, which has 11,350 cases of Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.
The health ministry said in a statement that the single case resulted from tests done on 81 travellers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
For weeks there have been questions about how Lesotho had managed to stave off the disease in spite of the frequent movement of people between the two neighbours.
Meanwhile, it was also disclosed that hundreds of thousands of Basotho work in South Africa.
Only essential workers were allowed to move back and forth, as a result of the border closure when both countries went into lockdown at the end of March.
In an interview with South Africa’s EyeWitness News, Lesotho’s Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro, a few weeks ago, pleaded with those wanting to be repatriated to remain in South Africa, having fears that some might come back with the virus.
Acording to him, the situation will would place an enormous burden on the country’s already fragile health system.
On the testing capacity, Lesotho does not have the necessary resources to test for Covid-19, so samples are being sent to South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
Some have said this may lead to a delay not only in detecting cases and containing the spread of the virus but also in administering treatment.
Lesotho’s health ministry disclosed that, “To date we have sent 597 specimens for testing at NICD, 295 are negative and 301 are still pending.”