Mbabane: The number of active cases in the country continue to decline, and is now at just under 3 000.
This is due to a 78, 6 percent recovery rate, that has seen over 13 000 people survive the virus.
16 789 people have been infected, 25 of those in the past 24 hours.
Sadly, 645 lives have been lost in the country since the outbreak of the virus.
On Monday morning the government reminded the nation that the partial lockdown restrictions in Eswatini have been extended by a further two weeks from last week Thursday.
Here is a quick recap of some of these restrictions.
● Gatherings of all sizes are banned except burials limited to strictly 50 people & two hours duration.
● The sale of alcohol is banned.
● National curfew is between 8pm and 4am.
● No retailers operating after 6pm.
● Travelling from Eswatini to other countries allowed only for medical, school, work & business reasons.
● Private & local public transport restricted to 80% carrying capacity.
In terms of the vaccination, there has been no clearer directive to when will the inoculation begin in the country as there is no vaccine delivered yet in the country. The first batch of vaccine doses was expected to come to Eswatini by the end of this month (February) but it later took another swing following the AstraZeneca saga in South Africa.
Meanwhile, during the official opening of the 3rd session of the 11th Parliament on Friday last week, King Mswati III said while the country awaited the arrival of vaccines, there was an antiviral drug, which he did not name, that could be used to treat the illness.
According to Aljazeera news, the King could have been referring to Gilead Sciences, Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir, which was conditionally approved in Europe in July for treating COVID-19 in adults and adolescents with pneumonia requiring oxygen support.
Taiwan also provisionally approved its use last year.