Angola today increased the number of covid-19 cases to 462, with four more infected, announced the Angolan Secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda.
The new cases concern three females and one male, aged between one and 32 years, one of those infected from Russia on a repatriation flight.
Franco Mufinda stressed that the Angolan health authorities continue to intensify testing in the community among markets, risk groups and sentinel centers, having today chosen the location of the Kinfangondo Martyrs, in Luanda, where around 1.000 people were screened, through rapid (serological) tests.
Among these, 69 were reactive to the test (IgG, revealing immunity to the virus or IgG / IgM, in transition) and six were IgM, which means that they are in the active phase of the disease, having been isolated.
The Secretary of State indicated that the percentage of reactive tests is lower than expected, with the majority being people who expressed immunity and “few people who are in the active phase of the disease”.
In Cazengo, municipality of Cuanza Norte, which is under a sanitary fence, 250 people were tested, of which 12 reacted, 9 revealed immunity (IgG), one was in the transition phase and the other two were in an active phase.
Mass testing will be completed on Saturday at the Asa Branca market in Luanda.
Angola now has 462 confirmed cases, of which 23 are deaths, and 321 are active, including one patient in critical condition.
So far, more than 34 thousand samples have been processed, of which 1586 in the last 24 hours, revealing four positive cases.
Franco Mufinda said that the test carried out on a citizen who was in Huíla, from Luanda, and had had a “reactive” result, turned out to be negative, in confirmation through the molecular biology test.
The covid-19 pandemic has already killed 555 people and infected more than 12,2 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
Among African countries that have Portuguese as their official language, Equatorial Guinea leads in number of infections and deaths (3.071 cases and 51 deaths), followed by Guinea-Bissau (1.842 cases and 26 deaths), Cape Verde (1.591 cases and 19 dead), Mozambique (1.111 cases and nine dead), São Tomé and Príncipe (724 cases and 13 dead) and Angola (462 infected and 23 dead).