As a precautionary measure, the four Prelates inform the people of God in the country that during Mass “some sacraments, relics and ceremonies are temporarily set aside.”
“In these situations, we have always been grateful to God for His grace that we have been preserved. Let us continue to pray, keep ourselves and avoid infection,” the Bishops say in their June 17 statement.
The government of Lesotho imposed a national lockdown on March 30 as a precautionary measure to control the spread of COVID-19 mostly from neighboring South Africa, which had recorded 10,000 cases, the highest on the continent then.
On May 5, the country’s then Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane announced the easing of lockdown restrictions, allowing "all non-essential services and enterprises" to "temporarily open shop" starting May 6.
Until May 12, the high-altitude kingdom that is encircled by South Africa was the only African country without a reported COVID-19 case. This status changed with the confirmation of the first case on May 13.
Since then, the country has recorded three more cases and two recoveries.
The pandemic has hit the country amid revelations that the immediate former Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane and his wife, Maesaiah Thabane paid assassins US$24,000 to kill his estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane.
A guilty verdict on the couple or any of them could have Canon Law consequences leading to the invalidity of their marriage by a canonical tribunal.
An enclave of South Africa, Lesotho has an estimated 70 percent Catholic population spread across four Ecclesiastical Sees.
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