COVID-19 in Mozambique in six months: About 2500 cases and 19 deaths

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At least 19 people have died from COVID-19 in Mozambique from more than 2550 confirmed cases in the country.

Below is the timeline and breakdown of COVID-19 in Mozambique since March 2020.

  • As of Wednesday August 12, 2020, the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Mozambique was 2559 and the total number of reported COVID-19 deaths is 19.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 58 COVID-19 patients that required hospital care. Currently, 14 patients receive hospital care.
  • A total of 951 (37.2%) have recovered fromCOVID-19 in Mozambique.
  • Laboratories in Mozambique have conducted 72,461 tests and the positivity rate is 3.5%, ie, we need to perform 28.3 tests per case identified.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing steadily, although at a slower rate when compared to neighboring countries:
  • March – 8 cases
  • April – 68 cases, 8.5x increase when compared to previous month
  • May – 178 cases, 2.6x increase when compared to previous month
  • June – 635 cases, 3.6x increase when compared to previous month
  • July – 975 cases, 1.5x increase when compared to previous month
  • August – 695 cases
  • • Currently, 92 (57.1%) out of the 161 districts in Mozambique have reported COVID-19 cases.

Inform about sero-epidemiological surveys for SARS-CoV-2 in Mozambique:

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  • To understand better the epidemiological situation, we have started to conduct sero-epidemiological surveys in urban centres. These surveys measure exposure to the virus by detecting specific antibodies.
  • So far, two have been conducted in Nampula and Pemba in Northern Mozambique, and two are ongoing in the capital city Maputo in the South and in Quelimane in the central region. The aim is to conduct these surveys in all major urban centers.
  • Thesero-epidemiologicalstudiesincludeahouseholdsurveyandspecific professional groups. The household surveys provide a representative sample of the city.
  • Sofar,itisimportanttohighlightthefollowingresults:

o In Nampula, a city with 900K population, the seroprevalence in the

community was 5.0%.
o In Pemba, a city with 200K population, the seroprevalence in the

community was 2.5%.
o Individuals of all ages have been exposed to the virus.
o Virus exposure was detected in all neighbourhood of both cities. o The professional groups with the highest exposure were:

§ Market Vendors 6.5-10.0%
§ Health Professionals 5.5-7.0% § Police Force 3.7-6.0%
§ Business Employees 5.0-5.4% § Displaced People 6.0%

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