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The Mozambican health authorities on Wednesday reported that the number of active cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease has fallen to below 200.
According to a Wednesday press release from the Ministry of Health, there were 174 active cases reported, compared with 534 on Tuesday and 2,123 on Monday.
The geographical distribution of the active cases was as follows: Maputo city, 74; Maputo province, 29; Niassa, 19; Cabo Delgado, 18; Zambezia, 11; Sofala, six; Gaza, five; Nampula, four; Tete, three; Manica, three; and Inhambane, two.
The sharp fall in the number of active cases is the logical result of the number of recoveries from Covid-19 greatly outstripping the number of new cases. On Wednesday, 368 people, all of them in Maputo city, were declared to have made a full recovery from the disease, while only nine new cases were diagnosed.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,280,179 people have been tested in Mozambique for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 1,277 of them on Wednesday.
Of Wednesday’s tests, 1,268 yielded negative results. The nine positive cases brought the total number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 225,159.
Five of Wednesday’s new cases were women and four were men. Three were diagnosed in Maputo city, three in Maputo province, and one each in Gaza, Cabo Delgado and Tete. No positive cases were identified in any of the other six provinces.
The positivity rate (the percentage of those tested found to be carrying the virus) fell from 0.85 per cent on Tuesday to 0.7 per cent on Wednesday.
Over the same 24 hour period, two Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, both in Manica, and no new cases were admitted. The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 wards fell from 18 on Tuesday to 15 on Wednesday. 12 of these patients (80 per cent) were in Maputo, two in Manica and one in Tete. No Covid-19 patients were under treatment anywhere else in the country.
The Ministry release reported one more death from Covid-19. The latest victim was a 37 year old woman who died in Maputo. This brings the total Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 2,198.
As for the national vaccination campaign, the Ministry reported that in the previous 24 hours, a further 129,502 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. The number of people fully vaccinated against the disease now stands at 11,934,062, which is 78.5 per cent of all citizens aged 18 and above.