Last African nation standing, Lesotho reports first case of Coronavirus



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The small mountain kingdom of Lesotho on Wednesday became the last African nation to report its first case of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

“The patient, who is a citizen of an undisclosed Middle Eastern country, tested positive during a random testing exercise in the capital Maseru,’’ Lesotho Health Minister Nkaku Kabi said.

Kabi, without providing further details, said that the patient was asymptomatic.

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Only the Western Sahara, which is not recognised as a state by the United Nations, but is an African Union (AU) member, has not yet recorded a coronavirus case in Africa.

According to the AU, the continent has reported almost 70,000 Covid-19 cases and 2,403 deaths so far.

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