Mbabane: Just a day after receiving bad news of a death case, Eswatini has recorded two more COVID-19 positive cases, and of those, one is a nurse.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi on Friday, in a press conference held at the Cabinet offices, meant to present the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
This brings the number of confirmed positive cases to 19.
The mister said the 18th case is a 35-year-old female from Manzini Region.
“She is a clinician (nurse) working in one of the public hospitals, she presented with mild flu symptoms with no history of travel,” the minister said. She went on to say her work contacts have been traced and so far, 11 health workers have been tested and all results came negative, while the rest of the results will come out tomorrow.
The 19th case is a 39-year-old female from the Shiselweni region, who presented with cough and fever. The minister said she had no travel history and contact tracing has begun.
To date Eswatini has 19 covid-19 cases confirmed, eight cases have been treated, 8 are undergoing treatment, one has died and two are undergoing admission process.
The ministry continues to urge the public to cooperate with rapid response teams as they go about their duties of finding contacts of positive cases.
Eswatini extended the partial lockdown by 21 days in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19, an infectious disease caused by the new coronavirus. The disease causes respiratory illness with flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough, high fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty in breathing.
People can protect themselves by washing hands frequently, avoiding touching their faces, and avoiding close contact with (staying at least one meter away from) other people.
The coronavirus was first recorded in Wuhan, china, in December 2019, and rapidly spread to other parts of the world. According to statistics in the coronavirus world meter as of April 17, 2020, 3pm there were 2 197 174 confirmed cases worldwide with 147 512 deaths and 557 618 recoveries since the outbreak over the past four months.