Mozambique: Covid-19 – The positivity rate drops below 2%

Maputo — Mozambican health authorities reported on Monday that the number of daily new cases of the respiratory disease Covid-19 has fallen to single digits, and the positivity rate (the percentage of people tested carrying the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 ) fell to less than 2%.

According to a statement issued Monday by the Ministry of Health, since the start of the pandemic, 1,237,100 people have been tested in Mozambique, including 536 in the past 24 hours.

528 of the tests returned negative results and only eight people tested positive for the virus. This brings the total number of positive cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 224,347.

Of the new cases identified on Monday, four were female and four were male. Five came from the city of Maputo, two from the province of Maputo and one from Nampula. No positive cases have been reported in any of the other eight provinces.

The positivity rate fell from 3.09% on Sunday to 1.49% on Monday. This is the lowest positivity rate since the 1.38% recorded on November 30.

For the third day in a row, no deaths linked to Covid-19 have been reported. Thus, the total death toll from Covid-19 in Mozambique remains at 2,183.

During the same 24-hour period, three Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, all in Niassa, and four new cases were admitted (three in Maputo and one in Gaza).

The number of people cared for in Covid-19 treatment centers increased slightly, from 28 on Sunday to 29 on Monday. 15 of these patients (51.7%) were in Maputo. There were also three patients in Niassa, three in Manica, two in Nampula, two in Gaza and one in Zambezia, Tete, Inhambane and Matola. No Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in Sofala or Cabo Delgado.

The ministry statement said 255 people have been declared fully recovered from Covid-19 (114 in Maputo city, 53 in Nampula, 38 in Cabo Delgado, 26 in Inhambane and 24 in Zambezia). The total number of recoveries now stands at 217,367, or 96.9% of all people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.

The number of active Covid-19 cases rose from 5,040 on Sunday to 4,793 on Monday. The geographical distribution of active cases was as follows: Maputo city, 3,468 (72.4% of the total); Province of Maputo, 420; Cape Delgado, 160; Gaza, 156; Zambia, 142; Niassa, 123; Manique, 115 years old; Tete, 82; Inhambane, 61; Sofala, 40; and Nampula, 26.

The ministry also reported that in the past 24 hours an additional 1,382 people had been vaccinated against Covid-19. These vaccinations only took place in Zambezia, Tete and Sofala. Since it is highly unlikely that any vaccinations have taken place in any of the other 11 provinces, their statistics may not have yet reached Maputo for processing.

So far, 9,827,795 people have been fully vaccinated against the disease, or 64.6% of all citizens aged 18 and over. 11,520,562 received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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