THE government of Lesotho has with immediate effect suspended in and outbound travel as it seeks to protect its citizens from Coronavirus infection, making it the first country in Africa to issue a travel ban as a result of the pandemic.
By Michael Gwarisa
In a statement, Lesotho Principal Secretary and National Contact Point, Mrs Motena Tsolo said the move has been driven by the growing cases of human to human Covid-19 infections elsewhere in the world.
This correspondence serves to inform the SADC Secretariat that the Lesotho Government has suspended all travel, from and into Lesotho.
“This embargo is imposed as a precaution against the risk of infection by the Coronavirus associated with international travel,” said Mrs Tsolo.
The ban also comes after Lesotho’s neighbor South Africa, has already recorded more than 13 cases both in Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng provinces. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also declared the coronavirus a global pandemic.
Meanwhile, other countries which have issued stringent travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus include Australia, Saud Arabia, Isarael, Iran, The United States of America among others.