Mbabane: The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eswatini have increased to 13 187 as 243 new cases were reported on Monday, along with eight (8) new deaths.
The total number of deaths have rapidly increased to 384.
According to ministerial statement issued by the Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi on Monday, the number of people who have recuperated from the deadly coronavirus had also improved with 152 people, which takes the number of recoveries to 8 374.
Hhohho region have continued to be mostly affected region having recorded 5 622 cases, followed by Manzini region with 5 333 cases and Lubombo region have recorded 1 222 cases. Meanwhile, Shiselweni region have surpassed the 1000 mark as the total number of cases recorded from that region now stands at 1 010.
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.