Angola: Health authority beginning to see Covid-19 deaths at home

The Angolan health authorities have begun to register deaths of people at home from Covid-19, confirmed after autopsy of the bodies, the Secretary of State for Public Health said.

Franco Mufinda was commenting on the behaviour of the population which, in recent days, has been disrespecting the biosecurity measures decreed by the government as part of the fight and prevention of the new coronavirus pandemic, as was the case last weekend with crowds on beaches in Luanda.

“This attitude will only expose us to more cases and more deaths,” Franco Mufinda said in statements issued by Radio Luanda. 

According to the government, statistics show daily deaths, “of people arriving late” to hospitals.

“We are starting to have deaths in the community, people who arrive at the clinics without life and when the post-mortem test of SARS-COV 2 is carried out, we have evidence that it is covid, so people are dying at home,” he said, pointing out that the coronavirus transmission occurs mainly when there are “population gatherings”.

Angola has counted a total of 7,622 cases of the new coronavirus up to the last 24 hours, of which 247 have died, 3,030 have recovered, of which 4,345 are active, of which nine are in a critical state, with invasive mechanical ventilation, 20 severe, 101 moderate, 411 with mild symptoms and 3,804 asymptomatic.