Africa-Press – Mozambique. The Mozambican health authorities on Wednesday reported a further 22 cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease, the same number of new cases as on Tuesday.
According to a Wednesday press release from the Ministry of Health, 12 of the new cases were women and 10 were men. 20 were Mozambican citizens and two were foreigners (in line with standard practice, their nationalities were not disclosed). Their ages ranged from four to 83 years.
Eight of the positive cases were from Sofala province, four from Zambezia, four from Gaza, three from Nampula, two from Maputo province, and one from Niassa. No cases were reported from the other five provinces.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,369,842 people have been tested in Mozambique for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 604 of them in the previous 24 hours. 582 of these tests yielded negative results, and the 22 who tested positive raised the total number of positive cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 229,645.
The positivity rate (the percentage of people tested found to be carrying the virus) fell slightly, from 3.87 per cent on Tuesday to 3.64 per cent on Wednesday.
Two Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital on Wednesday, both in Niassa, and no new cases were admitted. The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 wards remained stationary at 12. Four of these patients were in Maputo city, four in Niassa, and one each in Cabo Delgado, Zambezia, Sofala and Inhambane.
The Ministry release reported one death from Covid-19, an 83 year old man from Sofala. This was the first death reported since 15 July, and it brings the total Covid-19 death toll in Mozambique to 2,216.
The Ministry reported that 40 people had made a full recovery from the disease – 20 in Tete, 15 in Niassa and five in Maputo province. This brings the total number of recoveries to 227,169, which is 98.92 per cent of all cases of Covid-19 ever diagnosed in Mozambique.
The number of active cases of Covid-19 fell from 275 on Tuesday to 256 on Wednesday. The geographical distribution of the active cases was as follows: Sofala, 87; Zambezia, 57; Maputo City, 34; Gaza, 21; Nampula, 18; Tete, 12; Inhambane, 12; Cabo Delgado, five; Maputo province, five; Niassa, three; and Nampula, two.
The Ministry release also reported that over the previous 24 hours, for the fourth day running, there were no vaccinations against Covid-19, even though all the vaccination posts throughout the country are supposed to be open seven days a week. The number of people fully vaccinated against the disease still stands at 14,612,271, which is 96.1 per cent of all citizens aged 18 and above.