Mbabane: The Kingdom of Eswatini has recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020- and a record rise in number of confirmed cases.
This comes after the Ministry of Health reported 24 new deaths and 346 new confirmed cases which is the highest number to be reported in a single day. All along the number of new confirmed cases in Eswatini per day could not exceed 300 but on this day, the number of new infections broke that record, as well as the number of deaths had never reached 24 before.
The total number of confirmed infections in Eswatini now stands at 13 789, while the number of deaths has reached 427.
Meanwhile, the world has recorded over 2 million deaths and over 97 million confirmed infections.
The number of people who have recuperated from the virus now stands at 8 652 and this makes the number of active cases to stand at 4 364.
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.
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