Maputo — According to the latest data from the Mozambican Health Ministry, the number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 respiratory disease is now in excess of 2,900.

Speaking at a Maputo press conference on Monday, the Deputy National Director of Public Health, Benigna Matsinhe, said that, since the first case was diagnosed on 22 March, 78,877 people have been tested for the coronavirus, 1,293 of them in the previous 24 hours. 1,289 of the test were carried out in public facilities, and four (from Cabo Delgado) in a private laboratory.

Of all the tests, 386 were from Maputo province, 317 from Maputo city, 146 from Nampula, 137 from Zambezia, 113 from Gaza, 64 from Tete, 49 from Cabo Delgado, 44 from Manica, 35 from Sofala and two from Inhambane.

1,234 of these tests gave negative results, and 59 people tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 2,914.

57 of the new cases are Mozambicans, one is a Rwandan citizen and one is from Ukraine. 39 are men and 20 are women. One is a child under the age of 15, 18 are adolescents and youths aged between 15 and 24, 37 are adults aged between 25 and 64, and three are over 65 years old.

25 of these cases are from Maputo city, and four are from Maputo province (three in Matola city and one in Moamba district). 15 cases are from the central province of Manica (three in the provincial capital, Chimoio, seven in Machaze district and five in Mossurize. Both Mossurize and Machaze border on Zimbabwe).