Maputo — The Mozambican health authorities on Tuesday announced a further death from the Covid-19 respiratory disease, and 122 new cases.
A press release from the Health Ministry announced that the latest victim was a 40 year old Mozambican man from the southern province of Gaza. He was hospitalised in Gaza, but doctors were unable to save him and he died on Sunday. This brings the Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 127.
The Ministry release said that, since the start of the pandemic, 224,854 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 1,619 of them in the previous 24 hours. Of the samples tested, 712 were from Maputo city, 471 from Cabo Delgado, 105 from Maputo province, 80 from Gaza, 79 from Niassa, 67 from Sofala, 45 from Nampula, 36 from Zambezia, 12 from Tete, 10 from Manica and two from Inhambane.
Of these tests, 1,497 gave negative results, while 122 people tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the total number of positive cases diagnosed in Mozambique since the start of the pandemic to 15,231.
113 of the new cases are Mozambicans, three are South African, three are Portuguese, one is Tanzanian, one Zimbabwean and one Swazi. 84 are men or boys and 38 are women or girls. Eight are children under the age of 15, and six are over 65 years old. For a further six cases, no age information was provided.
The latest batch of cases show that the disease is overwhelmingly concentrated in Maputo. 112 of the cases (92 per cent) were in Maputo city. There were also four cases from Nampula, two from Manica, two from Gaza, one from Maputo province and one from Tete.
In line with standard Health Ministry procedure, all 122 new cases are now in home isolation, and their contacts are being traced.
The Ministry said that, in the same 24 hour period, four Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, all of them in Maputo city, but five new cases were admitted (two in Maputo, one in Matola, one in Gaza and one in Zambezia). There are currently 32 people under medical care in Covid-19 isolation wards (28 in Maputo, two in Zambezia, one in Matola and one in Tete).
The release added that a further 179 people have made a full recovery from Covid-19 (108 in Maputo city, 32 in Maputo province, 17 in Nampula, 12 in Gaza and 10 in Inhambane). This brings the total number of recoveries to 13,408, which is 88 per cent of all coronavirus cases diagnosed in Mozambique.
As of Tuesday, there were 1,692 active Covid-19 cases in Mozambique, divided as follows: Maputo city, 1,510 (89.2 per cent of the total); Cabo Delgado, 38; Sofala, 28; Manica, 25; Gaza, 22; Maputo province, 17; Nampula, 16; Zambezia, 13; Inhambane, 13; Tete, eight; Niassa, two.