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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:48 - Updated Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:47

Covid-19: Nine killed in June alone

Luanda - Nine of all 13 deaths from covid-19 reported in Angola since the first positive case of the disease was detected in the country in March this year occurred in June.

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June with high covid-19 death toll

Photo: Alberto Julião

The deaths, averaging two per week, involve people with ages ranging from 25 to 60 years, mostly patients suffering from other chronic conditions.

In the three previous months, the covid-19 toll in the country stood at four deaths, after it broke out in December last year in China and spread around the world.

On the last day of June (30), the secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda, announced the death of two people of 48 and 38 years of age in the last 24 hours until Monday evening.

According to the source, one of the above two patients was part of the group of six people in critical condition taking medical aid in the treatment centres put in place for the purpose.

As expected, June as the first month of winter in Angola recorded a steep rise in covid-19 infections, out of 182 detected in Angola.

Contrary to April and May that reported 19 and 51 infections , respectively, June broke all records since March (16 cases), beginning of the pandemic

So, June has been proving to be comparatively endemic, after reporting five positive cases of the new coronavirus in the first seven days, rising to 52 in the second week, to 43 in the third and 82 in the fourth and last week.

Northern Cuanza Norte province, over 200 kilometres off Luanda, joined the statistics in June with three cases of locally transmitted infections and one death, linked to the former sanitary cordon of Hoji-Ya-Henda neighbourhood, Luanda’s high density municipality of Cazenga.

Altogether, June closes with a toll of Angola’s 284 confirmed cases of covid-19, of which 178 active patients, 93 recoveries and 13 deaths. Five of these cases need special care.

Until now, 25, 386 specimens have been processed, 284 of which with positive results, 19,252 negative, while 5,850 await results.

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