According to a Tuesday press release from the Ministry of Health, since the start of the pandemic, 919,760 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 1,376 of them in the previous 24 hours.
1,349 of these tests yielded negative results, while 27 people tested positive for the virus. This brings the number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 151,018.
14 of Tuesday’s new cases were women and 13 were men. Four were children under the age of 15, and only one was aged 65 or above. Eight of the positive cases (just under 30 per cent) were from the northern province of Cabo Delgado. Nampula, Inhambane and Maputo city all reported four cases. There were three cases in Niassa, three in Manica and one in Gaza. No cases were reported from the other four provinces.
The positivity rate (the percentage of people tested found to be carrying the virus) on Tuesday was two per cent – this compares with 1.2 per cent on Monday, 3.4 per cent on Sunday, 1.9 per cent on Saturday and two per cent on Friday. The last time the positivity rate went above five per cent was on 21 September, when it reached eight per cent.
In the same 24 hour period, two Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, one in Gaza and one in Niassa. No new cases were admitted.
The number of people under medical care in the Covid-19 treatment centres fell from 17 on Monday to 15 on Tuesday. Five of these patients were in Nampula, three in Niassa, two in Maputo, two in Gaza, and one each in Matola, Manica and Inhambane. No Covid-19 patients were hospitalised in the other four provinces.
The Ministry release also reported that on Tuesday a further 83 people were declared fully recovered from Covid-19 (36 in Maputo province, 34 in Nampula, 11 in Inhambane and two in Sofala). The total number of recoveries now stands at 148.038, or 98 per cent of all those ever diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.
The number of active Covid-19 cases fell from 1,108 on Monday to 1,052 on Tuesday. The geographical distribution of the active cases was as follows: Maputo city, 551 (52.4 per cent of the total); Nampula, 286; Cabo Delgado, 107; Niassa, 36; Zambezia, 24; Gaza, 20; Inhambane, 17; Manica, six; Tete, three; and Maputo province, two. There were no active cases in Sofala.
The Ministry added that, in the last 24 hours, a further 2,586 people received their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19.
To date, 1,799,424 people have been fully vaccinated, and 1,973,519 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.