Mbabane: The Kingdom of Eswatini passed the 10 000 mark in recorded COVID-19 recoveries as Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi announced 195 new recoveries on Friday.
The total number of people who have recuperated from the coronavirus in the country now stands at 10 028 as of Friday, 29 January 2021. This made the recovery rate stand at 64.8 percent.
On another note the Minister announced 13 new fatalities, taking the death toll to 551.
The total number of confirmed cases increased to 15 471 as 188 new cases were announced on this date.
The number of people who are still under-going treatment for COVID-19 now stands at 4 704.
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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