Mbabane: At least nine (9) more people have succumbed to the coronavirus in Eswatini, which is the second highest number of deaths to be recorded in the Kingdom following the 11 deaths that were reported three (3) days ago.
In the daily updates issued by the Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi the nine (9) new deaths comprises of six (6) women and three (3) males, all above the age of 60 years. Most of them had severe illnesses and known comorbidities.
On another note the number of new confirmed cases also shown a rapid increase as a total of 197 new infections confirmed. The new cases came out of 1 222 results received by the health ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the virus now stands at 7 016 which means the recovery rate stands at 83. 9 percent. This leaves the number of active cases at 991.
The Minister reminded all EmaSwati to stay strong and fight COVID-19 by strictly adhering to all precautionary measures:
1. Wear a mask consistently and correctly. This protects others from getting infected, which eventually protects you as an individual.
2. Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Keeping the hands clean is essential because hands carrying the coronavirus easily transmit the virus into the body when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
3. Watch your distance by making sure that you keep at least 1 metre away from another person. The greater the distance, the less the chances of getting infected by an infectious person.
4. Avoid the “Three Cs”:
a. Closed spaces with poor ventilation,
b. Crowded places with many people near each other and
c. Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations.
A combination of these 3 Cs, results in a high transmission of the virus.
5. Opt for the outdoors, this is always better than indoors. Should there be a need to hold a function, it should be in line with COVID-19 regulations.
Those with symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention immediately at their nearest health facility.
Isolation of those confirmed with COVID-19 infection is key to stopping further transmission of the virus. Stay home and self-isolate once you have been swabbed, especially if you have symptoms of flu such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover.