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PM lifts COVID-19 restrictions

By Thoboloko Ntšonyane

MASERU – The Cabinet of Ministers has yesterday resolved to lift all the COVID-19 restrictions effective from Monday midnight.

This the Prime Minister (PM) Dr Moeketsi Majoro announced on Monday night in a televised speech.

He has also effectively moved the country from blue to green colour under the COVID-19 Risk Determination Framework.

“Having considered COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in the last few months, [the] Cabinet has today decided that Lesotho shall move [from] blue to green [colour] under its COVID-19 Risk Determination Framework. This means that all COVID-19 restrictions are now removed as of midnight tonight [Monday],” he said.

Also, he said the wearing of the masks is no longer mandatory but it is recommended that people may take precautionary measures especially when in densely populated areas.

Dr Majoro said all the restrictions imposed on the social gatherings have been summarily lifted.

He further recommended that some of the practices which were adopted due to the pandemic should continue such as hygiene protocols and early burial ceremonies. 

Following its outbreak in December 2020 in the city of Wuhan, China, the COVID-19 had set the world in unprecedented times and has continued to pose threats for the lives of people and the economies. 

The first COVID-19 case in Lesotho was recorded on May 13 in 2021.

According to the data published by the Ministry of Health on August 20, there are 477 913 COVID-19 tests conducted, 34 357 positive cases, 25 815 recoveries and 704 deaths.

There are 7 838 active cases.