Covid-19: Cases of infection multiply

With 62 cases in the last 24 hours, the country has 458 cases, of which 23 deaths, 117 recovered and 319 active.

The new cases were all registered in the province of Luanda.

Regarding the death that occurred in the last hours, the minister explained that it was a patient who was in critical condition in one of the treatment units in the capital.

Mass random testing has been stepped up in recent days, “looking at high-risk conglomerates” like the markets, the minister said, adding that 2,875 people have already been tested: 1,500 in the Kikolo market, and 1,000 in the “30” market. “, in the province of Luanda, and 375 in the province of Kwanza Norte.

In the Kikolo market, 87 reactive samples were detected, of which 16 IgM (with the presence of antibodies that indicate the active phase of the disease) and 71 IgG (which indicate that the person had contact with the virus but may be immunized). In the “30” market, 26 samples were reactive, including three IgM. In Kwanza Norte, 14 reactive samples (12 IgG and 2 IgM) were recorded.

The people who revealed IgM “are being taken for isolation” and all reactive cases will be tested by another method to have the results of molecular biology (test known as RT-PCR), said Sílvia Lutucuta, adding that these serological tests are for screening and detecting antibodies related to covid-19, allowing the assessment of the population’s immunity and tracking any positive cases.

The National Police also started to be tested because “it interacts very often with citizens”, said the minister.

This Friday, the Commission starts testing the Kifangondo Martyrs, explained Sílvia Lutucuta.

In the space reserved for journalists’ questions, and asked whether Angola already has community broadcasting, the minister admitted: “We are not far away”.

“There is no better way than to really go to the community, so we are doing testing on a large scale to make substantial samples to accept community circulation, we are not far away and we have to be prepared,” he said, safeguarding that the numbers are lower than what was expected.

“The expectation was to find 10%, but we are finding much lower figures, a percentage below 0.8%. We are still in this scenario”, said the official.

The Minister of State and head of the Security House of the President of the Republic, Pedro Sebastião, was this Thursday at the press conference of the Multisectoral Commission for the Prevention and Combat of Covid-19 to update the cases of citizens repatriated to the Country, which already has more than 5,700, coming from countries as different as Portugal (2,158), South Africa (1,470), Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, China and Cuba.

Today, more than 400 Angolan citizens from South Africa have arrived, followed by the repatriation of people in Portugal and Brazil, the minister said.

“We know about the great difficulties that are going on in these countries, we are not unaware, the monies that are gone, etc. We have tried to help, here and there, less good situations that can create difficulties for our citizens,” he said, adding that Priority has been given to countries with the largest communities of Angolans who have not yet been able to return to their country due to the closing of borders, such as “Portugal due to the very large number” of Angolans (about 7,000 citizens), but also the Brazil “which also has a considerable number” and South Africa.

Pedro Sebastião recalled that amounts are spent in the order of 50 thousand kwanzas daily, which are around the three billion kz alone in the institutional quarantine.

The virus, what it is and what to do, symptoms

These viruses belong to a specific viral family, the Coronaviridae, known since the 1960s, and affect both humans and animals, having been responsible for two highly serious pandemics, such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), transmitted from dromedaries for humans, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), transmitted from felines to humans, beginning in China.

Initially, this disease was only transmitted from animals to humans, but with the various outbreaks, some on a small scale, this situation has evolved into one in which transmission occurs from human to human, which makes this virus much more dangerous, being a sneeze , drops of saliva, no matter how small, or the cough of individuals infected enough for contamination.

The symptoms associated with this disease go through high fevers, difficulties in breathing, cough, sore throat, which makes this picture very similar to that of a common flu, however, it can progress to severe forms of pneumonia and, in some cases, lethal, especially in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, chronically ill, etc.

The average incubation period is 14 days and during which the virus, unlike what happened with other outbreaks, has the capacity to transmit during incubation, when individuals do not show symptoms, therefore more complex to control.

The best way to prevent this virus, according to experts, is not to visit risky areas with many people, not to go to closed and unventilated spaces, to use a sanitary mask, to wash your hands frequently with suitable disinfectant, or soap, cover your mouth nose when sneezing or coughing, avoid contact with people suspected of being infected.


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