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Lesotho records first COVID-19 case

The Mountain Kingdom doesn’t have testing capacity sends tests to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in South Africa.

FILE: The case is one of 81 travelers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Picture: 123rf.

JOHANNESBURG - Just days after questions were raised about Lesotho’s COVID-19 testing, the health ministry has confirmed the country's first case of COVID-19 after conducting 597 tests so far.

The case is one of 81 travelers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

The Mountain Kingdom doesn’t have testing capacity sends tests to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in South Africa.

The news comes as some of the more than 300 South African citizens stranded in the Mountain Kingdom accuse others of skipping the queue on a the list that cleared them to return home.

They have been waiting for clearance to go home where they will need to be quarantined.

But High Commissioner Sello Moloto said the procedure was dependant on the availability of space in quarantine centres.