Africa-Press – Mozambique. The Mozambican health authorities on Wednesday reported 1,948 new cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease, but over 2,000 recoveries, thus ensuring a continual, albeit slight, decline in the number of active Covid-19 cases.
According to a Wednesday press release from the Ministry of Health, since the start of the pandemic, 1,165,542 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 6,064 of them in the previous 24 hours.
4,116 of the tests yielded negative results. Of the 1,948 positive cases, 1.085 were women and 862 were men. In one case, the sex of the patient was omitted. 317 cases were under 15 years of age.
52.6 per cent of the new cases diagnosed on Wednesday came from the four provinces south of the Save river – 312 from Maputo city, 215 from Maputo province, 134 from Gaza and 363 from Inhambane. There were also 243 cases from Sofala, 231 from Zambezia, 144 from Tete, 126 from Nampula, 86 from Manica, 54 from Niassa, and 40 from Cabo Delgado.
The positivity rate (the percentage of people tested found to be carrying the virus) rose from 30.13 per cent on Tuesday to 32.12 per cent on Wednesday.
In the same 24 hour period, 30 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital (nine in Maputo, eight in Zambezia, four in Niassa, three in Cabo Delgado, and two each in Sofala, Inhambane and Gaza), while 31 new cases were admitted (11 in Maputo, six in Gaza, five in Matola, three in Niassa, three in Tete, two in Zambezia, and one in Sofala).
The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 treatment centres fell from 217 on Tuesday to 212 on Wednesday. 107 of these patients (50.5 per cent) were in Maputo. There were also 18 patients in Manica, 17 in Nampula, 15 in Gaza, 13 in Sofala, 13 in Matola, nine in Inhambane, seven in Niassa, seven in Tete, and six in Zambezia. Cabo Delgado was the only province where no Covid-19 patients were hospitalised.
The Ministry also reported a further six deaths from Covid-19. These were three women and three men varying in age from two to 71 years. Three of the deaths occurred in Maputo, two in Gaza and one in Zambezia. The death toll from Covid-19 in Mozambique thus rose to 2,105.
The release also said that 2,023 people were declared to have made a full recovery from Covid-19 (1,385 in Sofala, 425 in Nampula, 201 in Maputo province and 12 in Zambezia). This brought the total number of recoveries to 175,561, which is 81.7 per cent of all those ever diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.
The number of active cases of Covid-19 dropped slightly, from 37,218 on Tuesday to 37,137 on Wednesday. The geographical distribution of the active cases was as follows: Maputo province, 8,772 (23.6 per cent of the total); Maputo city, 7,549; Inhambane, 3,806; Manica, 3,357; Sofala, 2,344; Nampula, 2,240; Gaza, 2,119; Zambezia, 2,105; Cabo Delgado, 2,082; Niassa, 1,676; Tete, 1,087.
The release also reported that, over the previous 24 hours, a further 155,661 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. The number of people fully vaccinated against the disease now stands at 7,788,546, while 9,921,960 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.