Mbabane: The government of Eswatini’s long-term projections had predicted a peak in July and a potential increase in cases in November depending on the level of adherence to prevention guidelines especially social distancing protocols.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini on Saturday when giving updates on the country’s response to COVID-19. We need to attain less than 50 active cases to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through gatherings. Currently we have more than 700 active cases. Of concern is the high rate of deaths which now stands at around 2%, and among the highest in the region.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Minister of Health Lizzy announced 39 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative number of confirmed infection in the country to 4 819. The new positive cases came from the 300 test results received by the ministry for the past 24 hour cycle.
On another note, the recovery rate have steadily increased to 3 903, which translates to a recovery rate of 81 percent. According to the daily reports by the Health ministry the number of active cases stands at 783 as of September 5.
Manzini region remains the worse hit region as from the total number of cases reported in the country, a total of 2 194 cases were from the region, which translates to 45.5 percent. Hhohho region comes second with 1 879 translating to 40 percent. Shiselweni and Lubombo regions have recorded 402 and 344 cases respectively.
Regrettably, 94 people have succumbed to the coronavirus pandemic ever since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Kingdom.
Globally, there were over 26.9 million cases reported as of Saturday evening, with a total of 881 634 deaths and 19 048 210 recoveries.
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