Mozambique’s Health Minister, Armindo Tiago, Contracts COVID-19

Mozambique’s Health Minister, Dr Armindo Tiago, has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus – COVID-19.

He shows no symptoms and remains physically and mentally well. He admits being infected, but not sick, following a test “carried out as a preparation routine for a trip abroad”.

In compliance with the health protocol issued by MISAU, he is in isolation at home and recommends to all those who had contact with him to carry out the test, ensuring that “relatives and employees of the Ministry of Health” have already been tested.

“In the art and science of medicine the test result could only be known to me. However, as Minister of Health, I understand that I can transform this situation into a learning moment for me and for others”, the director also writes.

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“Many of us will have this virus at some point in our lives. Nobody in this world can say that they are immune to the new coronavirus. What we can do is to embrace more strongly the struggle to protect and care for the people who live and work with us.”

The Mozambican Ministry of Health –

MISAU – on Tuesday announced yet another death caused by Covid-19, bringing the total to 73, having also registered 170 new cases of the disease, amounting to a cumulative of 10,258.

Of the total cases, 2,301 are active, with 7,880 recovered cases (around 76.8%). The death announced was that of a 58-year-old Mozambican woman who was admitted to a hospital in the city of Maputo, where she died on Wednesday, according to the daily MISAU bulletin. The country has 34 people interned in isolation centers.

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Since the announcement of the first case on March 22, the country has tested a total of 159,334 suspected cases, 4,132 of which in the past 24 hours.


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