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The Mozambican health authorities on Saturday reported a further 105 cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease.
This was the second consecutive day that over 100 cases were reported. The number of cases rose from four on Monday, to 20 on Tuesday, to 46 on Wednesday, to 58 on Thursday, to 111 on Friday, dipping slightly to 105 on Saturday. Previously, the last time over 100 cases were reported in a 24 hour period was 21 September, when 134 cases were diagnosed.
According to a Saturday press release from the Ministry of Health, since the start of the pandemic, 985,270 people have been tested for the coronavírus that causes Covid-19, 1,913 of them in the previous 24 hours.
1,888 of these tests yielded negative results. Of the 105 positive cases, 53 were men and 52 were women. Once again, a clear majority of the new cases (69.5 per cent) were from the far south – 45 from Maputo city and 28 from Maputo province. There were also 15 cases from Inhambane, five from Manica, four from Zambezia, two each from Cabo Delgado, Sofala and Gaza, one from Nampula and one from Tete. Only the northern province of Niassa did not report any positive cases.
The positivity rate (the percentage of those tested who are positive for the coronavirus) was 5.49 per cent on Saturday, much the same as the 5.55 per cent reported on Friday.
Over the same 24 hour period, three Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, all in Maputo, and three new cases were admitted, one in Maputo and two in Inhambane. The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 treatment facilities remained 11 – nine of them in Maputo and two in Inhambane.
The Ministry release reported no further deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, and no recoveries from the disease. The death toll in Mozambique from the disease thus remains 1.941, and the total number of recoveries remains 149,575 (or 98.3 per cent of all those ever diagnosed with Covuid-19 in Mozambique).
The number of active Covid-19 cases rose from 243 on Friday to 348 on Saturday. The geographical breakdown of these cases was as follows: Maputo city, 156 (44.8 per cent of the total); Maputo province, 84; Cabo Delgado, 24; Inhambane, 22; Zambezia, 18; Gaza, 16; Nampula, eight; Manica, eight; Niassa five; Tete, five; and Sofala, two.
The Ministry also reported that, in the previous 24 hours, a further 57,570 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. The number of people fully vaccinated now stands at 4,174,926, while 6,718,738 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.