Angola: Mass testing for Covid-19 in Luanda as case numbers spike

The Angolan authorities started a mass campaign of testing for Covid-19 to assess the level of contagion of the disease, which in recent days recorded a considerable growth of positive cases.

According to the Angolan Health Minister, Silvia Lutucuta, asymptomatic and vaccinated people who tested positive will be tested over the next few days.

The minister, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, noted that the strategy aimed to reduce the disease’s chain of transmission.

The minister pointed out that there are many infected families due to non-compliance with prevention measures during the Christmas festivities.

Testing posts have been set up in several places in the capital, Luanda, to assess the community circulation of the new Omicron variant.

Ten thousand tests are available for two days to get a sample on the behaviour of the disease.

Health authorities have expressed concern over the Covid-19 situation, which has seen an exponential increase in cases since 15 December, with the presence of the Omicron variant confirmed in the country after laboratory tests in Portugal.

The country is going through its fourth wave of pandemic and has reached, for the first time, the four-digit daily number of confirmed cases.

In the last 24 hours, the country has registered 610 cases, three deaths, and 21 recovered cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 71,752 positive cases, 1,749 deaths and 64,016 recovered cases, with 5,987 active cases, of which one is critical, 18 severe, 50 moderate, 69 mild and 5,849 asymptomatic.

Of the total, 139 patients are hospitalised, 188 people are in institutional quarantine, and 803 contacts are under epidemiological surveillance.

Covid-19 has caused more than 5.39 million deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent report by the Agence France-Presse.