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The Mozambican health authorities on Friday and Saturday reported a further 6,148 cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease.
On Friday, 7,885 people were tested for the coronavírus that causes Covid-19, and 3,031 were found to be infected. On Saturday, 8,206 samples were tested and, 3,117 were positive. Since the start of the pandemic, 1,148,491 people had been tested, and 209,389 were found to be carrying the virus.
The positivity rate (the percentage of those tested found to be infected) fell from 40.54 per cent on Thursday to 38.44 per cent on Friday, and to 37.98 per cent on Saturday.
According to a Health Ministry press release, of the new cases identified on Saturday, 1,638 were women and 1,479 were men. 464 were under 15 years of age.
Just under 47 per cent of the new cases were from the four provinces south of the Save river (579 from Maputo city, 371 from Maputo province, 305 from Gaza and 229 from Inhambane). There were also 369 cases from Sofala, 362 from Nampula, 302 from Manica, 184 from Zambezia, 175 from Niassa, 172 from Tete and 89 from Cabo Delgado.
Over the same 24 period, 52 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital (37 in Maputo, four in Niassa, four in Sofala, two in Inhambane, two in Zambezia, and one each in Nampula, Tete and Gaza), and 53 new cases were admitted (30 in Maputo, six in Matola, four in Inhambane, three in Sofala, three in Cabo Delgado, two each in Niassa, Zambezia and Gaza and one in Tete),
The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 treatment centres rose from 251 on Thursday to 263 on Saturday. 125 of these patients (47.5 per cent) were in Maputo. There were also 20 patients in Sofala, 20 in Nampula, 19 in Manica, 16 in Inhambane, 14 in Gaza, 12 in Cabo Delgado, 12 in Matola, 11 in Niassa, nine in Zambezia and five in Tete.
On Saturday, the Health Ministry reported a further two deaths from Covid-19, an 80 year old woman and a 72 year old man. One died in Maputo city, and the other in Maputo province. This brought the total Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 2,077.
200 people were declared to have made a full recovery from Covid-19, all of them in Zambezia. The number of recoveries now stands at 165,660, which is 79.1 per cent of all those ever diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.
The number of active cases of Covid-19 rose from 35,901 on Thursday to 38,733 on Friday, to 41,648 on Saturday. The geographical distribution of the active cases was as follows: Maputo province, 8,478 (20.4 per cent of the total); Maputo city, 7,193; Gaza, 4,382; Inhambane, 4,337; Sofala, 3,693; Manica, 3,551; Nampula, 2,864; Zambezia, 2,229; Cabo Delgado, 2,110; Niassa, 1,467; and Tete, 1,354.
The Ministry release also reported that, in the previous 24 hours, a further 114,533 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. To date, 7,326,971 people have been fully vaccinated against the disease, and 9,600,742 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The Ministry release urged anyone over 18 years of age who has not yet been vaccinated “to waste no more time, and go tomorrow to your nearest vaccination post”.
The vaccination post are open every day – from 08.00 to 15.30 Monday to Friday, and from 08.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Vaccination, the Ministry stressed “will prevent the most serious forms of Covid-19, thus avoiding hospitalization and the risk of death”.