The Prime Minister, Dr Moeketsi Majoro says new regulations to be published and enforced from Sunday mid-night will enhance the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Majoro was addressing the nation on Lesotho Television (LTV) on Saturday evening where he announced latest COVID-19 statistics as of Friday to Saturday in the country, and the numbers are as follows: total tested specimens for coronavirus is 7, 432 of which 359 tested positive, with 69 recoveries and six reported deaths.
The restrictions as elaborated by the Prime Minister include the following; only five people are allowed for wedding ceremonies, the number of people attending funerals is restricted to family only plus 10 people for burial services and that such funeral services be held outdoors and completed by 10:00 am.
He added that the following will be closed and they include; churches, schools, initiation schools, political rallies, gyms and parks, sports except non-contact sports like golf, public gatherings except those intended for COVID-19 awareness with maximum of not more than 30 people, prisons visits have also been banned except for health workers and law enforcers with permits, noting that community service provided by prisoners have also been stopped.
Again, he said border movement is still not allowed for foreign country visit except for personnel working with COVID-19 equipment, adding that factories will remain open but with 50 percent of workers for day and night shifts thus to promote social distance.
In conclusion, Dr Majoro said government has pledged to purchase food commodities from Basotho farmers so to assist vulnerable groups during this challenging time.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also introduced to public the Minister of Health, Mr. Motlatsi Maqelepo and the CEO of NACOSEC, Mr. Thabo Khasipe, saying the two are in front line in the fight against this pandemic hence commended them for their commitment in this fight.