Maputo — A further 29 cases of the coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 respiratory disease have been diagnosed in Mozambique, according to a Tuesday press release from the Ministry of Health.

Since the first case was diagnosed, on 22 March, 48,653 people have been tested for the coronavirus, 866 of them in the previous 24 hours. 794 of these tests took place in public facilities, and 72 in private laboratories.

Of the samples tested, 197 were from Maputo city, 133 from Gaza, 119 from Sofala, 98 from Niassa, 84 from Inhambane, 75 from Nampula, 69 from Manica, 47 from Zambezia, 21 from Cabo Delgado, 19 from Tete and four from Maputo province.

837 of these tests were negative, and 29 were positive, raising the total number of coronavirus cases diagnosed since the start of the pandemic to 1,536.

25 of the new cases are Mozambicans and four are foreigners (the release did not give their nationalities). 21 were men or boys and eight were women or girls. One case was a child under the age of five. Two were adolescents aged between 15 and 24, and the rest were adults aged between 25 and 64.

Seven cases were from Lichinga, capital of Niassa province, and another seven were from Nampula (one from Nampula city, and six from the port of Nacala). Nine cases were from Maputo city, and one from the neighbouring city of Matola.

There were two cases from Mossurize district in Manica, two cases from Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province, and one case from Tete city.