Maputo — On Wednesday, for the fourth time in a week, the Mozambican health authorities did not report any deaths from the Covid-19 respiratory disease.

The previous days without any reported deaths were last Thursday, Sunday and Monday. The previous date without a single death was 5 January. Deaths were reported every day in February and March. The current Covid-19 death toll stands at 785.

According to a Ministry of Health press release, since the start of the pandemic 491,304 people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, 1,377 of them in the previous 24 hours. Of the samples tested, 831 were from Maputo city, 158 from Nampula, 123 from Niassa, 104 from Inhambane, 86 from Zambezia, 67 from Sofala, 67 from Maputo province, 54 from Cabo Delgado, 52 from Manica, and 35 from Tete. No tests were reported from Gaza.

1,238 of the tests gave negative results, and 139 people tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Mozambique to 68,431.

Wednesday’s positivity rate (the proportion of those tested found to be infected) was 10.1 per cent. This compares with rates of eight per cent on Tuesday, 5.1 per cent on Monday, 9.3 per cent on Sunday and 4.7 per cent on Saturday.

Of the positive cases diagnosed on Wednesday, 135 were Mozambicans and four were foreigners (the Ministry release did not give their nationalities). 84 were men or boys and 55 were women or girls. 12 were children under the age of 15, and eight were over 65 years old.