The announcement was made by the coordinator of the multisectoral commission for the fight and prevention of covid-19, who pointed out that the evidence is in place to declare the community circulation of the new coronavirus in Luanda province.
Pedro Sebastião explained that the health authorities began by tracing all cases considered serious at the emergency benches and reference hospitals, designated as sentinel centres, and no "exponential increase in cases with no epidemiological link" was detected, which is why mass testing was chosen.
Between 8 and 11 June a cross-sectional study was carried out and samples of 7500 people were taken from large conglomerates (markets and exit control of Luanda) through which it was possible to see that the reactive cases had no known epidemiological links, had no connection with health cordons and did not travel to countries with community circulation.
For this reason, according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) the community circulation of the new coronavirus in the country was declared.
The Minister of Health, Silvia Lutucuta, announced this Wednesday 35 more cases of the disease in the country, aged between 3 and 73 years, 16 females and 19 males, all from Luanda and which resulted from the screening of sentinel centers.
There was also one death, at the Sunflower Clinic, a man who had other comorbidities.
In total, Angola now has 576 cases, of which 27 died, 124 were recovered (plus 6), and 425 were active.
A total of 38,000 molecular-based samples (RT PCR) have already been tested and 15,135 rapid tests have been performed, of which 590 with reactive results.
The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 578,000 deaths and infected more than 13.34 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a balance sheet made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December in Wuhan, a city in central China.