Maputo City was today designated as Mozambique’s third location with community transmission of covid-19, after the city found 5.1% of those who were tested for covid-19, were shown to be positive.
Correction: This article was updated on 14 August 2020 to reflect that the declaration of community transmission in Maputo was not connected to the epidemiological survey that started on 3 August.
Nampula, the biggest city outside of the south of the country, was the first place to have community transmission, declared on 6 June this year, followed by Pemba on 22 June.
Over the last 24 hours, 837 tests were conducted in the capital, of which 78 came back positive. The high rate of positives, combined with a broad geographic and demographic spread of cases, led the Ministry of Health to declare community transmission.
Nationwide, 142 new cases were diagnosed in the past 24 hours, a new daily record — surpassing one set last Friday, 7 August, when 93 were diagnosed.
An epidemiological survey was initiated in Maputo on 3 August, and will run until 21 August.
The new cases reported today are distributed as follows:
- 78 in Maputo City
- 34 in Maputo province (24 in Namaacha, 7 in Matola, 3 in Boane)
- 21 in Gaza (17 in Chókwè, 3 in Bilene, 3 in Xai-Xai)
- 6 in Nampula ( in Nampula city, 3 in Nacala-porto)
- 2 in Chimoio, Manica
- 1 in Muanza, Sofala
The current distribution of active cases is:
- Maputo City: 509
- Maputo Province: 329
- Cabo Delgado: 249
- Nampula: 212
- Gaza: 83
- Sofala: 69
- Tete: 24
- Zambézia: 20
- Manica: 20
- Niassa: 16
- Inhambane: 2
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