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Angola overcomes barrier of 500 covid-19 infections

Angola has registered 23 more cases of infection with the new coronavirus, increasing the total to 506, with one more death, the Secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda said this Sunday.

: Lusa

According to the governor, in the presentation of the epidemiological picture of covid-19 in the country, of the new cases, 16 male and seven female, 22 are from Luanda and one is from the municipality of Cazengo, Kwanza Norte province.

As for the death, this is a 30-year-old Angolan citizen who was admitted "in critical condition" several weeks ago at Josina Machel Hospital in Luanda and then transferred to a reference centre.

The country, which has been experiencing a public calamity since 26 May, has a total of 506 positive cases of covid-19, of which 362 were active, 118 recovered and 26 died.

Among the positive cases, at least 440 are of local transmission.

Franco Mufinda also said that the authorities are continuing to step up action in risk groups and sentinel centres, noting that this Monday around 1000 media professionals will be tested using serological tests.

At least 7500 people were tested between 8 and 11 July during the massive covid-19 screening campaign, and of that number 57 people showed resistance and/or tested positive and are already in isolation in the quarantine centres, pending confirmation of the molecular biology test.

In Angola, 847 people are in institutional quarantine and 2323 contacts are under surveillance by the authorities.

Luanda, the outbreak of the disease, and the municipality of Cazengo are under sanitary fence, as it aims to "cut the chain of transmission" of the virus.

In both localities, the use of masks on public roads is mandatory since Thursday, with fines of between 5,000 and 10,000 kwanzas for those who break the rules.

The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 565,000 deaths and infected more than 12.74 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

In Africa, there are 12,988 confirmed deaths in about 578,000 infected in 54 countries, according to the latest pandemic statistics on the continent.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December in Wuhan, a city in central China.


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