Mozambique | COVID-19: Five new cases and 11 recoveries reported on Saturday - AIM
According to the statistics from the Mozambican health authorities, the pace of the Covid-19 epidemic in the country appeared to slow down somewhat on Friday.
That day, 623 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, compared with 829 on Thursday and 1,126 on Wednesday. Expressed as a percentage of the number of people tested, the number of positive cases fell from 27 per cent on Wednesday and Thursday to 21 per cent on Friday. It remains to be seen whether this is a real trend, or just a blip.
A Ministry of Health press release announced that a further seven people have died of Covid-19, five of them in Maputo, one in Matola and one in Tete. One death was declared on Wednesday, four on Thursday and two on Friday.
Four of the victims were men and three were women, and they were aged between 23 and 70. This brings the Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 290.
The Ministry release said that, since the start of the Mozambican epidemic in March 2020, 319,169 people have been tested for the coronavirus, 2,998 of them in the previous 24 hours. Of the samples tested, 1,393 were from Maputo city (46.5 per cent of the total), 507 from Cabo Delgado, 302 from Gaza, 271 from Inhambane, 200 from Maputo province, 116 from Manica, 75 from Niassa, 58 from Nampula, 46 from Zambezia, and 30 from Sofala. No tests were reported from Tete province.
2,375 of the tests gave negative results, and 623 tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 30,848. 597 of the new cases are confirmed as Mozambican citizens, while the nationalities of the remaining 56 are still being ascertained.
347 are men or boys and 276 are women or girls. 31 are children under the age of 15, and 32 are over 65 years old. In 31 cases, no age information was available.
As has become the norm, the majority of the new cases were from the far south – 375 from Maputo city and 56 from Maputo province. Thus 69 per cent of the new cases came from Maputo city and province. But there were also 106 cases from Gaza, 35 from Manica, 21 from Sofala, 15 from Niassa, eight from Zambezia, six from Nampula and one from Cabo Delgado.
Over the same 24 hour period, 38 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, and 32 new cases were admitted. Currently there are 228 people under medical care in the Covid-19 isolation wards – 181 (79.4 per cent) in Maputo, ten in Nampula, nine in Matola, seven in Nampula, seven in Zambezia, five in Gaza, three in Sofala, two in Cabo Delgado, two in Manica and two in Inhambane.
Also in the previous 24 hours, 348 people made a full recovery from Covid-19 (191 in Maputo province, 55 in Maputo city, 55 in Tete, 40 in Niassa, and seven in Zambezia). This brings the total number of recoveries to 19,858, which is 64.7 per cent of all those diagnosed with the coronavirus in Mozambique.
The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has now risen to 10,696. They are distributed as follows: Maputo city, 5,043 (47 per cent of the total); Maputo province, 1,697; Manica, 748; Gaza, 619; Sofala, 613; Inhambane, 500; Zambezia, 463; Niassa, 370; Nampula, 327; Cabo Delgado, 232; Tete, 84.