Mozambique: Mocímboa da Praia authorities call for calm from returning IDPs
The Mozambican health authorities announced on Thursday that, over the previous 24 hours, 1,729 people made a full recovery from the Covid-19 respiratory.
This is far and away the largest number of recoveries announced in a single day. 458 of the recoveries are from Maputo city, 428 from Gaza, 289 from Maputo province, 233 from Niassa, 186 from Cabo Delgado, 103 from Manica and 32 from Zambezia.
This brings the total number of recoveries to 30,124. This is 63 per cent of all those diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.
This was the only piece of good news in the Health Ministry’s latest press release. For the Ministry also announced 15 more Covid-19 deaths, and 1,054 new cases of the disease. 13 of the deaths occurred in Maputo city, one in Sofala and one in Cabo Delgado. Three of the deaths were declared on Tuesday, seven on Wednesday and five on Thursday.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Mozambique to 501. The great majority – 390 (77.8 per cent) – have occurred in Maputo.
13 of the latest victims were men and two were women, who varied in age between 56 and 85. 14 were Mozambicans and one was a foreign national (the Ministry did not reveal his nationality).
Since the start of the pandemic, 374,520 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 3,738 of them in the previous 24 hours. Of the samples tested, 1,421 were from Maputo city, 683 from Maputo province, 445 from Tete, 434 from Sofala, 342 from Tete, 218 from Zambezia, 185 from Cabo Delgado, 172 from Gaza, 31 from Niassa and 14 from Inhambane. No tests were reported from Nampula.
2,684 of the tests gave negative results and 1,054 people tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique to 47,790. The positivity rate (the proportion of those tested found to be carrying the virus) on Thursday was 28.2 per cent – which is on line with the positivity rates found earlier this month.
Of the cases reported on Thursday, 1,009 are known to be Mozambican citizens, 33 are foreigners (but the Ministry did not give their nationalities), and in 12 cases, their nationalities are yet to be ascertained. 547 are men or boys, and 507 are women or girls. 47 are children under the age of 15, and 52 are over 65 years old. In 27 cases, no age information was available.
385 of the new cases were from Maputo city and 159 were from Maputo province. Thus Maputo city and province accounted for 51.6 per cent of all cases reported on Thursday. There were also 167 cases from Sofala, 111 from Cabo Delgado, 103 from Tete, 50 from Zambezia, 43 from Manica, 28 from Gaza and eight from Niassa. No positive cases were found among those tested in Inhambane.
In the same 24 hour period, 33 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital (22 in Maputo, six in Sofala, three in Inhambane, and two in Cabo Delgado), and 28 new cases were admitted (12 in Maputo, seven in Sofala, five in Cabo Delgado, two in Inhambane, one in Zambezia and one in Gaza).
As of Thursday, 290 people were under medical care in the Covid-19 wards (down from 311 on Wednesday). The great majority – 229 (79 per cent) – are in Maputo. There are also 13 patients in Sofala, 13 in Zambezia, 11 in Matola, eight in Inhambane, five in Tete, five in Cabo Delgado, three in Gaza, two in Niassa and one in Manica. Nampula remains the only province where no Covid-19 patients are hospitalised.
With Thursday’s great increase in the number of recoveries, the number of Covid-19 active cases has also declined. There are now 17,161 active cases (down from 17,851 on Wednesday). Their geographical distribution is as follows: Maputo city, 9,655 (56.3 per cent of the total); Maputo province, 2,489; Sofala, 1.937; Cabo Delgado, 550; Gaza, 528; Inhambane, 468; Tete, 369; Nampula, 366; Niassa, 359; Manica, 286; and Zambezia, 154.