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The Mozambican health authorities on Tuesday reported a further 94 new cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease.
Over the past seven days, 624 new cases were reported, at an average of 89 a day. The great majority of these cases were from the southern four provinces (Maputo city, Maputo province, Gaza and Inhambane).
A Tuesday press release from the Ministry of Health said that 48 of the new cases were men and 46 were women. 16 of them were children under the age of 15, and the oldest was 76 years old. 93 were Mozambican citizens and one was a foreigner (as is normal practice, his nationality was not disclosed).
91.5 per cent of the new cases were from the south – 46 from Maputo province, 19 from Maputo city, 16 from Gaza and five from Inhambane. There were also six cases from Cabo Delgado, one from Nampula and one from Sofala.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,341,769 people have been tested in Mozambique for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 913 of them in the previous 24 hours. 819 of these tests yielded negative results, and the 94 that tested positive raised the total number of positive cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 227,255.
The positivity rate (the percentage of people tested found to be carrying the virus) fell from 11.56 per cent on Monday to 10.3 per cent on Tuesday.
The Ministry release reported one further death from Covid-19, a 40 year old woman who died in Gaza. This brings the total Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 2,211.
Eight Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital on Tuesday, seven in Maputo city and one in Gaza, and two new cases were admitted, both in Maputo. The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 wards fell from 26 on Monday to 19 on Tuesday. 12 of these patients were in Maputo, five in Matola, one in Gaza, and one in Manica. Seven remained in intensive care, receiving supplementary oxygen.
On Tuesday, 68 people were declared fully recovered from Covid-19 – 40 in Maputo province and 28 in Gaza. This brought the total number of recoveries to 224,455, which is 98.77 per cent of all cases of Covid-19 ever diagnosed in Mozambique.
The number of active cases of Covid-19 rose from 560 on Monday to 585 on Tuesday. The geographical distribution of the cases was as follows: Maputo province, 220; Maputo city, 190; Gaza, 62; Inhambane, 48; Cabo Delgado, 45; Sofala, eight; Zambezia, six; Nampula, four; and Tete, two. There were no active cases in either Niassa or Manica provinces.
The Ministry also reported that in the previous 24 hours a further 7,431 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. The total number fully vaccinated against the disease now stands at 14,434,629 – which is 95 per cent of all citizens aged 18 and above.
15,237,557 people have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 433,619 have received booster doses.