Mozambique | Covid-19: No reason for alarm, says Minister
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The Mozambican health authorities on Tuesday reported a further five cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease, after no cases at all had been reported the previous day.
According to a Tuesday press release from the Ministry of Health, since the start of the pandemic, 1,294.945 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 770 of them in the previous 24 hours.
765 of these tests yielded negative results, while the five positive cases brought the total number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 225,244. The positivity rate (the percentage of those tested found to be carrying the virus) on Tuesday was 0.65 per cent.
Of the new cases identified on Tuesday, three were men and two were women. Two were diagnosed in Maputo province, two in Tete and one in Niassa.
Over the same 24 hour period, there was no change in hospitalization. No Covid-19 cases were discharged from hospital, and no new patients were admitted. Four patients remained under medical care in the Covid-19 treatment wards, three of them in Maputo and one in Niassa. Two of them are still in intensive care and are receiving supplementary oxygen.
The Ministry reported no further deaths from the disease on Tuesday, and so the Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique remained 2,200.
The release reported a further seven recoveries from Covid-19, all of them in Maputo city. The total number of recoveries now stands at 222,997, which is slightly more than 99 per cent of all cases of Covid-19 ever diagnosed in Mozambique.
The total number of active cases of Covid-19 fell from 45 on Monday to 43 on Tuesday. The geographical distribution of the active cases was as follows: Zambezia, 13; Maputo city, 10; Niassa, six; Tete, five; Inhambane, four; Maputo province, three; Manica, one; and Sofala, one. There were no active cases in Cabo Delgado, Nampula or Gaza.
The Ministry release also reported that, over the previous 24 hours, a further 19,022 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. The number of people fully vaccinated against the disease now stands at 13,221,530, which is 86.9 per cent of all citizens aged 18 and above.