High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique

Covid-19 death toll reaches 113

Maputo, 16 Nov (AIM) – The Mozambican health authorities on 15 November announced the deaths of three more victims of the Covid-19 respiratory disease, bringing the total number of deaths in Mozambique from the pandemic to 113.

According to a Ministry of Health press release, one of the dead was a 67 year old man who died in the central province of Manica last Wednesday. A 73 year old man and a 66 year old woman died in Maputo city on 14 November. All three had been hospitalised but the doctors proved unable to save them.

The Ministry release said that, since the start of the pandemic, 210,599 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 903 of them in the previous 24 hours. All these tests were administered in public facilities.

Of the samples tested, 428 were from Maputo city, 166 from Maputo province, 97 from Gaza, 93 from Sofala, 58 from Nampula, 34 from Cabo Delgado, 17 from Zambezia, five from Tete, three from Inhambane and two from Manica.

795 of the tests were negative, and 108 people tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the total number of positive cases in Mozambique to 14,448 since the first Covid-19 case was diagnosed on 22 March.

All the new cases are Mozambican citizens. 69 are men or boys and 39 are women or girls. Nine are children under the age of 15, and a further nine are over 65 years old. For three cases, no age information was given.

The vast majority of these cases were from Maputo city (77) and Maputo province (22). Thus Maputo city and province accounted for 92 per cent of the new cases. There were also five cases from Gaza, two from Cabo Delgado, one from Zambezia and one from Manica.

In line with standard Ministry of Health procedure, the new cases are all in home isolation, and their contacts are being traced.

In the same 24 hour period, seven more Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital, all of them in Maputo city. Currently 52 people ae under medical care in the Covid-19 isolation wards (47 in Maputo, three in Matola, one in Sofala and one in Zambezia).

The Ministry reported that a further 38 people have now been declared free of Covid-19 (22 in Maputo city and 16 in Maputo province). The total number of recoveries now stands at 12,543, which is 86.8 per cent of all coronavirus cases diagnosed in Mozambique.

The number of active cases of Covid-19 is now 1,788, distributed as follows: Maputo city, 1,357; Cabo Delgado, 184; Maputo province, 73; Gaza, 56; Zambezia, 32; Manica, 21; Nampula, 19; Sofala, 18; Inhambane, 17; Tete, six; Niassa, five.