Mozambique set to end first year of pandemic with 600 deaths

Mozambique set to end first year of pandemic with 600 deaths

The death toll of Covid-19 for youth aged below 20 has been one per day. Men aged over 50 years and living in the main urban centers are the ma

The death toll of Covid-19 for youth aged below 20 has been one per day.

Men aged over 50 years and living in the main urban centers are the main victims of the coronavirus pandemic. The death toll has been kind to those aged below 20, claiming the lives of 14 youths and adolescents in almost a year of the pandemic. A Centre for Investigative Journalism (CJI) found that Covid-19 is the 12th leading cause of death in the country,

It has 340 days since Mozambique has been subjected to a health and social dictatorship on behalf of Covid-19 It has 340 days since Mozambique has been subjected to a health and social dictatorship on behalf of Covid-19, with an evolution as unprecedented as uncertain that it has cruised under all prognoses. On 31 March 2020, when there were only 8 diagnosed Covid-19 cases in the country, Baltazar Fael, of the Centre for Public Integrity, pointed out that the restrictions served to “protect a greater right, which is the right to life”. Tomás Vieira Mário added that it was “a right decision”.

The history of Covid-19 in Mozambique actually begins in January. An investigation by the National Health Institute (INS) obtained the first Sars-Cov-2 genome sequence that is doing the rounds in the country. According to the said analysis, which was never published, the new coronavirus arrived in the country on 6 January 2020 and belongs to a second generation that originated from a case imported from South Africa.

 

But it was only on 22 February, at 3 pm, when Health Minister Armindo Tiago disclosed that a man aged over 75, who had arrived from the United Kingdom, had developed Covid-19 like symptoms. It was the first case of the virus in Mozambique, but it took more than two months for the first death to be registered: a 13-year old child in the northern province of Nampula who suffered from chronic diseases. At that time, the world was already officially swamped by the pandemic (after the declaration of the World Health Organisation) and Mozambique began to take historic measures to contain the virus: it closed land and air borders, cancelled classes and meetings. On 22 March 2020, President Filipe Nyusi announced a nationwide State of Emergency that would be extended for 30 days and last for three months, with the sole intention of reducing the intensity with which the virus which had only infected 8 people was spreading.

At the beginning of July, the identified cases exceeded the psychological barrier of 1,000 and doubled in 4 weeks. The first 10,000 cases diagnosed were reached on 10 October 2020; and the country diagnosed 30,000 by 20 January 2021.

All the while, transmission was taking place at a different pace in each province. At the same time that new cases were identified and children were prevented from attending school, deaths of minors represented less than 1 percent of the total death toll. In addition, more children died at home, according to the data available in Health Ministry’s daily updates, than in the period they attended school. As of this writing, 74% of Covid-19 fatalities in Mozambique are of people aged over 50. The latest data in relation to the number of cases indicates a tendency of a decrease of the number of cases, from an average of 900 daily cases to 700. Even the number of daily deaths has also reduced.

 

For Mozambique, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projected high hospital stress until 1 June. At the time of writing, Mozambique will celebrate its first year under the pandemic  with 600 deaths and an average of 1.7 deaths per day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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