Mozambique: Health authorities report 41 coronavirus cases, with 15 deaths

Mozambique registered 41 new positive cases of the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19 in the 24 hours to Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 2,120, with 15 deaths so far, the Ministry of Health announced.

“The positive cases we announced today are of Mozambican nationality,” said the public health director, Rosa Marlene, at Thursday’s pandemic update at the Ministry of Health in Maputo. 

The new cases were registered in five provinces of the country: Maputo (six), Cabo Delgado (four), Zambézia (one), Inhambane (three) and Maputo City (27).

“All the cases are in home isolation and the identification of their contacts is currently underway,” said Marlene.

The country has registered a total of 1,940 cases of local transmission and 180 of imported. There have been 15 deaths, with 11 patients taken to hospital and 795 already deemed to have recovered, according to the health authorities.

Most active cases are in the city and province of Maputo, with 399 and 264 infected people respectively, followed by Cabo Delgado with 249 and Nampula with 201 cases. The remaining seven provinces of the country register less than 60 cases.

Mozambique has carried out 65,151 tests of suspected cases since the announcement of the first case on 22 March, screening over 1.6 million people.

A total of 26,193 people suspected of infection have been placed in home quarantine and 3,256 continue to be monitored by health authorities.

Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, on Wednesday decreed a new state of emergency for 30 days from Saturday, foreseeing during this period the phased resumption of economic activities in the country.

Among other restrictions, the new state of emergency maintains limitations on gatherings, bans events and the opening of entertainment spaces, and makes wearing a mask in public compulsory.

Worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic has so far claimed more than 708,000 lives and infected more than 18.8 million people in 196 countries and territories.