Maputo — A further nine people have been diagnosed with the Covid-19 respiratory disease, pushing the total number of positive cases in Mozambique up to 433, according to the National Director of Public Health, Rosa Marlene.

Speaking in Maputo on Monday, at the Health Ministry’s daily press conference on the Covid-19 crisis, Marlene said that, since the start of the pandemic, 14,580 suspect cases have been tested in Mozambique, 554 of them in the previous 24 hours.

Marlene said that 268 of these samples came from Maputo city, 100 from Maputo province, 43 from Zambezia, 23 from Sofala, 17 from Cabo Delgado, 12 from Gaza, two each from Nampula and Inhambane, and one from Manica (something has gone awry with Marlene’s figures, since they do not add up to 554).

She said 545 of the samples tested were negative, while nine were positive for Covid-19. All nine new cases are Mozambican citizens, and all except one are men. Eight are adults and one is a child under the age of 15.

Six of these cases are from Maputo Province, including four people who recently returned from South Africa and are believed to have brought the Coronavirus with them. One case (also a returnee from South Africa) was from Sofala, one from Cabo Delgado and one from Maputo City.

Following standard Health Ministry procedure, all nine new cases are now in home isolation, and health staff are tracing their contacts.

Marlene said the number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised has risen over the past 24 hours, from three to five. Four are in Nampula province, and one is in Inhambane. All are said to be in a stable condition.