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Mozambique’s Health Minister, Armindo Tiago, Contracts COVID-191 minute read

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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.

“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.

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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South Africa’s Health Minister Contracts COVID-19

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South Africa’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement from his office late on Sunday said the minister has gone into isolation.

“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.

The health minister was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa’s worst affected country hit the 700, 00 mark on Friday since the first case was diagnosed in March this year.

According to the latest government data on Monday, South Africa has registered a total of 703,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,471 deaths.

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Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 1.63m

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,636,748 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached 39,559 as of Sunday afternoon.

According to the Africa CDC, the number of people that have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,347,199.

The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.

According to the Africa CDC, the Northern Africa region is the second most affected African region.

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South Africa Records 2,019 New COVID-19 Cases, 61 Deaths

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South Africa recorded 2,019 new coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, the country’s minister of health has announced.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize also announced 61 more Covid-19 related deaths, adding that nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

The recent deaths bring the number of deceased due to the virus to 18,370 and infections to over 700,203.

The number of recoveries in the country stands at 629,260 which accounts for nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

South Africa has 11th most Covid-19 infections in the world, with the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and France having the most cases in the world.

The USA has over 8 million cases, the most in the world.

In South Africa, new infections are slowing in the country, but Mkhize has again warned about the dangers of a second wave on Monday and urged people to continue social distancing and wearing masks.

He said on Monday that the second wave would arrive if people were complacent and did not wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4.4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 24 000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 18 370.

The Gauteng province has the most deaths, with 4601, followed by the Western Cape, with 4280, Eastern Cape with 3411 and KZN, with 3122, have the most fatalities in the country.

Of the latest 61 deaths, Mkhize said the majority of the deceased came from the Free State.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.

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