Maputo – The number of people declared on Monday to have fully recovered from Covid-19 respiratory disease in Mozambique reached a record 2,227, according to Deputy National Director of Public Health Benigna Matsinhe at a press conference in Maputo,
The bulk of the recoveries – 1,699 – came from the city of Maputo. There were also 371 recoveries from Tete, 120 from Gaza and 37 from Zambezia. The total number of recoveries now stands at 84,994, or 76.1% of all people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.
Matsinhe reported that 25 more people had died from Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours. The latter victims were 14 men and 11 women, all Mozambican citizens, aged 37 to 99 years. 17 of these deaths occurred in Maputo, four in Matola and one in Niassa, Nampula, Tete and Sofala.
This brings the total death toll from Covid-19 in Mozambique to 1,307. Of those deaths, 429 (32.8%) occurred this month, making July 2021 the deadliest month in the pandemic to date. .
Since the start of the pandemic, 707,311 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, including 4,150 in the past 24 hours. Just over 50 percent of the samples tested came from Maputo City (1,581) and Maputo Province (498). There were also 474 tests from Inhambane, 467 from Niassa, 335 from Nampula, 323 from Gaza, 308 from Sofala, 79 from Cabo Delgado, 39 from Tete, 29 from Zambezia and 17 from Manica.
2,715 tests have given negative results and 1,435 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 111,723.
762 of the new cases were women or girls, and 673 were men or boys. 128 were children under 15 and 74 were over 65. In 43 cases, no information on age was available.
622 of the positive cases were from Maputo city and 209 from Maputo province. Thus, the city and province of Maputo remain at the heart of the Mozambican epidemic, representing 57.9% of new cases diagnosed on Monday. There were also 187 cases from Niassa, 185 from Inhambane, 136 from Gaza, 49 from Sofala, 18 from Nampula, 11 from Tete, 10 from Manica, six from Zambezia and two from Cabo Delgado.
The national positivity rate (the proportion of people tested infected with the virus) on Monday was 34.6%, roughly the same as Sunday’s rate of 34.1%, and considerably higher than the rate of 28, 6% found both Friday and Saturday.
The province with the highest positivity rate was Manica with 58.8 percent (but out of a fairly small sample of 17 tests, of which seven were positive). The other provinces with high positivity rates were Gaza (42.1 percent), Maputo province (40.2 percent). percent), Niassa (40 percent), Maputo City (39.3 percent) and Inhambane (39 percent), again the lowest rates were from the northern provinces of Nampula (5, 4 percent) and Cabo Delgado (2.5 percent) percent).
During the same 24-hour period, 31 Covid-19 patients were discharged from the hospital (24 in Maputo, three in Manica and one each in Niassa, Tete, Sofala and Gaza), and 39 new cases were admitted ( 29 in Maputo, four in Niassa, three in Sofala, two in Manica and one in Zambezia).
The number of people treated in Covid-19 treatment centers increased from 475 on Sunday to 458 on Monday. The vast majority of these patients – 318 (69.4%) – were in Maputo. There were also 45 patients in Matola, 29 in Sofala, 17 in Tete, 14 in Inhambane, 12 in Niassa, 12 in Zambezia, five in Gaza, four in Manica and two in Nampula. Cabo Delgado remains the only province where no Covid-19 patient is hospitalized.
Matsinhe said 292 of those hospitalized are men and 166 are women. 169 (36.9%) are 60 years and over and 153 (33.4%) are between 45 and 59 years old. She described 145’s clinical condition as “moderate”, but 291 are critically ill and 22 are in critical condition, in intensive care units. 398 receive supplemental oxygen.
Due to the large number of recoveries reported on Monday, the number of active Covid-19 cases rose from 26,236 on Sunday to 25,419 on Monday. The geographic distribution of these cases was Maputo City, 15,678 (61.7% of the total); Maputo province, 4,393; Inhambane, 1,669; Manica, 837; Niassa, 831; Sofala, 726; Head, 418; Gaza, 406; Nampula, 237; Zambezia, 179; and Cabo Delgado, 45.
Matsinhe called on all those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination to visit the vaccination centers in the coming days. Vaccination would be a contribution “to block the spread of Covid-19, with an impact on reducing the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths”.
To date, 111,723 people in Mozambique have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and 5,412 of them have been hospitalized. “This means that five percent of those infected develop such severe forms of the disease that they need to be hospitalized,” Matsinhe said.
Mozambique received an additional 302,400 doses of the vaccine on Monday, with a million more doses expected to arrive on Tuesday. Matsinhe said the main target group for the new phase of vaccination are people over 50, who were not reached in previous phases.