Mozambique, Covid-19: President to address the nation today, says Mozambique is in ‘serious situation’

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Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, on Wednesday said that the country was in a serious situation due to Covid-19, noting the possibility of imposing further restrictions to halt the spread of the disease. “The Covid-19 pandemic is a real scourge, without precedent, and Mozambique is experiencing a serious situation,” Nyusi said.

He was speaking in a communication to the nation, from Praça dos Herói in Maputo, on the occasion of the Mozambican Heroes’ Day holiday, which was marked on Wednesday. Nyusi said that new infections were advancing at an accelerated pace, as well as hospitalizations and the number of deaths. “The country is facing the contingency of [applying] more restrictions for its collective survival,” he stressed.

Nyusi said he would make a new address to the nation on Thursday about the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Rádio Moçambique today reports that President Nyusi will  address the nation  at 7 p.m..



Also in Wednesday’s speech, Filipe Nyusi congratulated the commitment of health professionals for their tireless commitment to the care of Covid-19 patients, noting the unconditional commitment of the country’s national health system human resources to the protection of life.

Mozambique has had 415 deaths from Covid-19 and a total of 41.433 cases, of which 25.485 (62.1%) are recovered and another 335 hospitalized (71.3% of these hospitalizations are in Maputo city). The country had, by Wednesday, 15.529 active cases. In January 2021, the new coronavirus caused 201 deaths –  about half of the 415  Covid-19 deaths that the country has in official records since the beginning of the pandemic.

Mozambique registered 20,012 cases of Covid-19 in January – also about half of the total of 41.433 cases. Covid-19 admissions rose sharply, putting increased pressure on health services: in January there were 887 admissions, while in the whole of 2020 there were 801.

This makes the daily distribution of hospital admissions five times higher: for example, on 31 December 2020, there were 54 people admitted, while on Sunday, the last day of January, there were 251.

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