Maputo — After five days in which no deaths were reported from the Covid-19 respiratory disease, on Monday the Mozambican health authorities announced two further deaths from the pandemic.
According to a Health Ministry press release, the latest victims were two Mozambican men, aged 64 and 71. Both died in Maputo city. This brings the total Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 828.
Since the start of the pandemic, 537,525 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 526 of them in the previous 24 hours. By far the largest number of samples tested – 274 (52 per cent) – were from the central province of Zambezia. There were also 78 from Inhambane, 50 from Maputo city, 41 from Nampula, 27 from Maputo province, 25 from Sofala, 21 from Manica and eight from Tete. No tests were reported from Cabo Delgado, Niassa or Gaza.
505 of the tests yielded negative results, and 21 people tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the total number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique to 70,463.
Of the new cases diagnosed on Monday, all were Mozambican citizens. 12 were men and nine were women. Three were over 65 years old. No children were found to be infected.
On the basis of Monday’s results the Mozambican epidemic can no longer be said to be centred on Maputo. 12 of the new cases (57.1 per cent) were from Zambezia. There were also four positive cases from Maputo city, two from Maputo province, and one each from Inhambane, Nampula and Tete.
The positivity rate (the proportion of those tested found to be infected) for this 24 hour period was just under four per cent. For the previous week, the positivity rates were:
17 May 2.5 per cent
16 May 3.0 per cent
15 May 2.3 per cent
14 May 2.5 per cent
13 May 1.5 per cent
12 May 3.2 per cent
Over the same 24 hour period, two Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital (one in Maputo and one in Zambezia), and six new cases were admitted (five in Maputo and one in Zambezia).
The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 treatment centres rose from 21 on Sunday to 23 on Monday. 14 of these patients (60.9 per cent) were in Maputo. There were four patients in Tete, two in Nampula, two in Sofala, and one in Zambezia.
The Ministry release also reported that on Monday a further six people, all in Cabo Delgado, were declared to be fully recovered from Covid-19. The total number of recoveries now stands at 98,731, or 97.5 per cent of all those diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.
The number of active Covid-19 cases rose from 887 on Sunday to 900 on Monday. The geographical distribution of these cases was as follows: Maputo city, 345 (38.3 per cent of the total); Sofala, 315; Maputo province, 78; Niassa, 43; Nampula, 41; Zambezia, 22; Manica, 22; Inhambane, 20; Tete 12; and Gaza two. There were no active cases in Cabo Delgado province.