Maputo — The number of confirmed cases in Mozambique of the coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 respiratory disease has now topped 3,000, according to a Wednesday press release from the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry announced that, since the first case was diagnosed, on 22 March, 80,913 people have been tested for the coronavirus, 1,409 of them in the previous 24 hours. 682 of these tests were held in public facilities, and 727 in private laboratories.

As usual, the private sector tests only looked at samples from Cabo Delgado (484) and from Maputo city (243). Of the total number of samples tested, 484 were from Cabo Delgado, 463 from Maputo city, 181 from Maputo province, 92 from Nampula, 69 from Inhambane, 46 from Sofala, 34 from Tete, 25 from Manica, 11 from Niassa, three from Zambezia, and one from Gaza.

1,355 of these tests gave negative results, and 54 people were positive for the coronavirus. This brought the number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,045.

Of the new cases, 48 are Mozambicans, three are Pakistanis, one is British, one Zimbabwean and one is from South Korea. 32 are men or boys, and 22 are women or girls. Five are children under the age of 15, six are adolescents and youths in the 15-24 age bracket, 38 are adults aged between 25 and 64, and five are over 65 years old.

A majority of these cases – 32 – are from Maputo city, and ten are from Maputo province (five from Matola city, four from Moamba district and one from Boane). Eight are from Beira, three are from Zambezia (one from the provincial capital, Quelimane, and two from Milange, on the border with Malawi), and one case is from Majune district, in Niassa province.