In a press conference that took place this Sunday, the official said that these five cases are part of a range of a hundred citizens who were screened taking into account the possibility of being infected with the new coronavirus.
The group was divided between nationals and foreigners, tested between 26 February and 15 March. The five citizens whose result was expected this Sunday are a couple of Angolans (aged 41 and 47), a Portuguese-Angolan (46 years old) , a French (55 years old) and a Portuguese (59 years old). Everyone tested 'negative'.
The secretary of state guaranteed the reliability of the tests, carried out at the National Institute for Health Research and validated by the World Health Organization. However, for reasons of epidemiological surveillance, citizens will be monitored over the next 24 days - with visits to their own homes - in order to ensure that there are no changes in the clinical picture.
With regard to quarantine centers, Franco Mufinda said that the only one currently in operation is that of Calumbo, where 31 citizens are currently located. Gradually, the other patients quarantined at the site were discharged. The official said that the Barra do Cuanza Hospital was designated for the treatment of confirmed cases in Covid-19, if they exist.
The authorities warn of the necessary safety and hygiene measures to fight the virus, remembering that CISP 111 should be counted in case of suspicion. "We call on the community to help us by denouncing people who will have passed through countries where the disease is living, in order to facilitate work, in case of cough, fever and breathing difficulties", said the official, quoted by O Pais.
The country still has no record of positive cases of coronavirus, having already carried out more than a hundred tests. It is recalled that DRC, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon and Namibia are some African countries already affected by this pandemic.