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Angola with three more deaths and 33 new covid-19 infections

Angola has registered three more deaths and 33 new infections, two of which in Cunene province, making a total of 812 positive cases of covid-19 and 33 deaths, the Health Minister announced Wednesday.

: Pedro Parente/Angop
Pedro Parente/Angop  

Silvia Lutucuta, who took stock of the epidemiological situation in the country, stressed that the cases were registered in people aged between 18 and 75, including 24 men and nine women.

The municipalities and localities most affected are still Viana, Talatona, Ingombota, Samba and Maianga.

As for the deaths, two occurred in the Special Economic Zone and one in the Main Military Hospital, among patients who were part of the group of critically ill patients, as had been said in previous daily epidemiological information.

The Health Officer pointed out that the first two positive cases were registered in the province of Cunene, in the south of the country, cases imported from Luanda, the epicentre of the disease.

The national health fence remains in the province of Luanda and in Ndalatando, capital of the province of Kwanza Norte, also affected by the disease, and public health measures are already being taken in Cunene.

Tests on specific groups continue, in some clusters, as well as contact traces of positive cases and drivers, a special risk group.

"By now, a significant number of cases have already been exposed," said the minister.

"There are estimates that four out of 100 people have already been exposed to the new coronavirus, due to our in-depth analysis and serological testing, and it is important to continue to pay special attention to individual and collective protection measures," she said.

According to Silvia Lutucuta, this is a very important phase in which everyone is too few to cope with covid-19.

"We need a very large community involvement, we need to have our families at the centre of this whole process", she called on.

She said the authorities are already working on a new approach to asymptomatic patients, looking at projections for the next few days, where the number of cases is expected to increase, to have the teams ready and able to approach the critically ill and moderate patients with comorbidities, who are "the big challenge" by now.

In Africa, there are 15,765 confirmed deaths in more than 753,000 infected in 54 countries, according to the most recent pandemic statistics on that continent.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 617,500 lives and infected more than 15 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 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.


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