Sao Tome: Four new coronavirus cases in four days, for total 875

Sao Tome and Principe has registered four new coronavirus cases in the last four days, increasing the total of infections so far to 875, announced the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, Isabel dos Santos.

According to dos Santos, of the four cases, three were registered on Saturday and one on Tuesday. On Sunday and Monday at least 30 tests were carried out, without confirming any infection with the new coronavirus.

The daily epidemiological bulletin released on Tuesday indicates that the number of patients deemed to have recovered from Covid-19 has increased to 794. There are currently two patients being cared for in the field hospital set up to treat Covid-19 patients.

Sixty-four patients with positive coronavirus causes remain in home isolation and the number of deaths remains at 15.

Africa as a whole has had 20,630 confirmed deaths in more than 970,000 infected in 55 countries, according to the most recent pandemic statistics on that continent.

Among African countries that have Portuguese as an official language, Equatorial Guinea leads in number of cases and deaths (4,821 infected and 83 deaths), followed by Cabo Verde (2,583 cases and 25 deaths), Guinea-Bissau (2,032 cases and 27 deaths), Mozambique (2,029 cases and 15 deaths), Angola (1,280 infected and 58 deaths) and Sao Tome and Principe (875 cases and 15 deaths).

Brazil is the Portuguese-speaking country most affected by the pandemic and one of the worst affected in the world, accounting for the second number of infected and dead (more than 2.7 million cases and 94,665 deaths), after the US.

Worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic has so far claimed more than 694,000 lives and infected more than 18.3 million people in 196 countries and territories.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December in Wuhan, a city in central China.