eSwatini’s COVID-19 cases rise to 106

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Bonsile Makhubu

eSwatini has now recorded 106 confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

Health Minister Lizzie Nkosi told The Times of Swaziland that six additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the country.

“A total of 119 results were received today, out of which 113 tested negative and six were positive,” Nkosi said.

“The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases to date is 106.”

Manzini has the highest number of cases at 68, followed by Hhohho at 23, Lubombo (13) and Shiselweni (two).

Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini declared Manzini as the epicentre of COVID-19, based on the number of cases coming from that region.

He said for the reason that the MR3 route had proven to be responsible for a majority of the cases, government would increase monitoring along this route.

“Manzini will remain under strict lockdown.”

He announced that the government has increased the bed capacity to 100 at the Lubombo Referral Hospital and was also in the process of securing 100 more beds in another health facility for COVID-19 patients.

“We have also trained 90% of workers on COVID-19 and we have companies that have started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE),” the premier said. He said the government was also working on a post COVID-19 plan where stakeholders would be engaged to figure out how the economy could be revived after the coronavirus.

Minister Nkosi said: “The Ministry of Health wishes to emphasise the importance of cooperating with health advice as follows: wash hands with soap and running water or use a hand sanitiser and to observe hand hygiene always; cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing and preferably use a face mask; all suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 should wear a mask as advised by health practitioners and isolate themselves from others”.

Nkosi said all patients who have been confirmed positive have a duty to comply with the expectation to be registered for care with the COVID-19 Case Management Team of the Ministry of Health while the public is requested to cooperate with Rapid Response Teams as they go about their duties finding contacts of positive cases. –Times of Swaziland

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