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Covid-19: number of positive cases in the country rises to three

Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta announced on Monday a new positive case of new coronavirus infection in Angola, bringing to three the number of infections recorded by the health authorities.


"We have three cases at this time," the minister announced, noting that the latest result was obtained this Sunday by the laboratory of the National Institute of Health Research (INIS).

This is a 23-year-old Angolan who had a passage through Spain and returned from Portugal on a flight on 17 March, added Silvia Lutucuta at a press conference in Luanda.

Silvia Lutucuta said that the patient's contacts are being traced and some people who have been in direct contact with the Angolan citizen are isolated.

The three patients identified so far are Angolan citizens who returned last week on flights from Portugal and have mild symptoms of the disease and are in isolation in Luanda.

INIS has so far tested 169 samples, three of which have given positive results.

According to the minister, the laboratory can process up to 91 samples per day, but tests on average only four or five.

"The highest number of samples was 13 yesterday [Sunday], of which one was positive," said the Angolan head of the Health portfolio.

The African continent has registered more than 50 deaths due to the new coronavirus, exceeding 1,700 cases in 45 countries and territories, according to the latest statistics on the Covid-19 pandemic.


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