Mozambique: All under fives to receive polio vaccine
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The Mozambican health authorities on Wednesday reported a further eight cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease, and one more death.
The latest victim was a 25 year old man who died in Maputo Central Hospital. This brings the total Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 1,940.
According to a Wednesday press release from the Ministry of Health, since the start of the pandemic, 970,816 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 1,270 of them in the previous 24 hours.
1,262 of the tests yielded negative results. Of the eight positive cases, five were women and three were men. All were Mozambican citizens, and their ages varied from 13 to 85. Seven of the new cases were diagnosed in Maputo city, and one in the northern province of Niassa.
The positivity rate (the percentage of those tested found to be carrying the virus) on Wednesday was 0.55 per cent. Over the previous few days, the rate was 0.2 per cent on Tuesday, 0.88 per cent on Monday, zero on Sunday, 0.68 per cent on Saturday, and 0.31 per cent on Friday,
Over the same 24 hour period, two Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital (one in Matola and one in Zambezia), and one new patient was admitted (in Maputo).
The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 treatment facilities fell from four on Tuesday to two on Wednesday, one in Maputo and one in Matola.
The Ministry release reported just one recovery from Covid-19 on Wednesday, in Zambezia province. The total number of recoveries now stands at 149,461, or 98.1 per cent of all those ever diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.
The number of active cases of Covid-19 rose from 92 on Tuesday to 98 on Wednesday. The geographical distribution of the active cases was as follows: Maputo city, 23; Cabo Delgado, 21; Nampula, 17; Gaza, nine; Niassa, seven; Zambezia, six; Manica, four; Sofala, four; Inhambane, four; and Maputo province, three. Tete remained the only province without any active cases.
The Ministry reported that, in the previous 24 hours, 135,394 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. The number of people fully vaccinated against the disease, is now 3,527,799, and 6,257,220 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.