Lesotho mandates vaccines for returning citizens

The landlocked mountain kingdom will also make it mandatory for its citizens to get their shots to enter workplaces and produce vaccination cards to access services with effect from January 1 next year.
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Lesotho has instructed its security forces to ensure all citizens who work in neighbouring South Africa and returned home for the year-end holidays are inoculated against the coronavirus. 

The government will also make it mandatory for its citizens to get their shots to enter their workplaces and produce vaccination cards to access services with effect from January 1, Health Minister Semano Sekatle said in a televised address on Sunday.

The southern African mountain kingdom has had more than 25 500 confirmed Covid-19 cases so far, while 665 of those who have been diagnosed with the disease have died.

The test positivity rate surged to 13% on Dec. 19, from 0.9% a week before, Sekatle said.

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