Health officials announced that on July 10, the Covid-19 pandemic broke two grim records – for the number of new cases diagnosed in a single 24-hour period and for the number of people hospitalized for the disease at any given time . That day, 1,686 people were found to be infected with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, surpassing the previous record set on July 6 when 1,458 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus. The worst day before this month was January 29, with 1,275 cases.
The Ministry of Health announced that 15 deaths from Covid-19 had been reported on July 10 – eight men and seven women, all Mozambican citizens between the ages of 24 and 83. Nine of them died in the city of Maputo, four in Tete, one in Manica and one in Inhambane. .
There were 84 deaths in the first ten days of July, considerably higher than the combined figure for all of May and June, which was 66 deaths. The total death toll from Covid-19 in Mozambique now stands at 962, with the number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Mozambique standing at 87,935.
The number of people treated for Covid-19 in hospitals has risen to 351 – the highest number since the start of the pandemic. 260 of these patients (74.1%) were in the capital, Maputo. There were also 28 in Tete, 25 in Sofala, 16 in Matola, 11 in Manica, five in Gaza, three in Inhambane and one in Niassa, Nampula and Zambezia. Cabo Delgado remains the only province where no Covid-19 patient is hospitalized.
Maputo hospitals are now running out of beds for Covid-19 patients. Maputo Central Hospital and Polana-Canico General Hospital have both warned that their capacity is almost exhausted. Beds are still available at Mavalane General Hospital, the city’s third hospital with facilities to treat Covid-19.