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One in every 25 inhabitants of Luanda had exposure to the new coronavirus

One in 25 inhabitants of Luanda has already been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, the Angolan Secretary of State for Public Health announced today.

: Adjali Paulo/Novo Jornal
Adjali Paulo/Novo Jornal  

During the daily epidemiological review, Franco Mufinda recalled that there is already community circulation of the virus in the province of Luanda and highlighted that statistical data resulting from a random sample in conglomerates of Luanda, among people with no history of belonging to the health cordons, travel to countries with community circulation or contacts with positive cases, indicate that one in 25 people have had exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

"Thus, there is a need to redouble surveillance," said the ruler, calling for a reduction in the time of exposure to the virus that can be expressed by the time that remains in agglomerations such as markets, taxi stops and other places that congregate many people.

"When we stay longer, we increase the probability of contamination," he said.

Franco Mufinda stressed the need to review risk behaviour and avoid agglomerations, measures that must be accompanied by the mandatory use of masks and hand washing.

The country announced this Sunday 18 new cases of covid-19 in Luanda, bringing the number of infections to 705.

The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 601,000 deaths and infected more than 14.3 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report 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.


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