Maputo - 22, March 2020 - Professor Dr. Armindo Tiago, Minister of Health of Mozambique, has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. The patient is a 75 years old male that recently returned from United Kingdom (UK) on 20 March 2020. The patient is believed to have contracted the virus in United Kingdom.
The Ministry of Health has publicly declared the confirmation of a first COVID-19 case in Mozambique on 22 March 2020 in Maputo, during a Press Conference which was attended by the Representative of the World Health Organization in Mozambique, Dr. Djamila Cabral.
The case was confirmed on 22 March by the National Public Health Laboratory Institute in Maputo, Mozambique. The Minister of Health informed that it is an imported case; that the patient has mild symptoms and is in self-quarantine at home in Maputo being followed-up by medical teams.
“The contacts tracing and further risk assessment is in progress”, said the Minister of Health of Mozambique.
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