The Minister of Health, Mr. Motlatsi Maqelepo has appealed to Basotho to obey Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020.

Mr. Maqelepo was speaking during a media briefing held at the Ministry of Health premises in Maseru on Tuesday where he expressed concern that some of the businesses and members of the public continue to defy the lockdown restrictions.

He expressed concern over an alarming rate at which the virus spreads in the country, saying the hike came as soon as the government lifted most restrictions with the aim to keep the economy from collapsing.

The Minister said despite being prohibited from gathering as per the regulations, people still gather in places like playgrounds, churches, funerals and other social gatherings within their communities.

In conclusion. Mr. Maqelepo urged all Basotho to obey Public Health (COVID_19) Regulations, 2020 as the intention is to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

He therefore pledged the ministry’s commitment to further carry-out tests and ensure that those who are infected get quarantined, saying COVID-19 is still a threat as it continues to bring devastating social effects such as job losses which lead to increased rate of criminal offences as well as hunger and poverty.

Sharing the same sentiments, the Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship, Mr. Tsoinyane Rapapa urged all District Administrators (DAs), Community Councilors as well as Chiefs to ensure that communities within their areas abide by the regulations.
Meanwhile, recent update on COVID-19 shows that out of the total 17, 261 tests conducted, there are 33 deaths, 24 new cases and 687 recoveries.

According to reports, the infection rate is high among people aged 31-35 and Maseru remains the number one district with highest number of infections.

Source: LENA 06/09/2020


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