São Tomé and Príncipe recorded four deaths associated with covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest number in a day since the pandemic began in March 2020, bringing the total to 26 deaths, according to Sao Tome authorities.
With these four new deaths, the number of fatalities rises to seven in a week.
A government source acknowledged to Lusa today that it is the first time that São Tomé and Príncipe has recorded “such a high number of deaths in one day”, since the pandemic appeared in mid-March last year.
The Ministry of Health spokeswoman, Isabel dos Santos, told the press today that the four fatalities are all from the district of Água Grande, the most populous country in the country and registered by the Ministry of Health as being a “very high risk region” “.
The four citizens were between 51 and 81 years old.
In addition, since Monday, 27 new cases have been identified, bringing the total number of people infected with the new coronavirus to 1,655. Of these new SARS-CoV-2 infections, 26 occurred on the island of São Tomé and one on the island of Príncipe.
With these new numbers, the total number of people under home surveillance increased to 358, with ten patients admitted to the field hospital in São Tomé and 344 in home isolation.
There are no people on the island of Príncipe, but four are under surveillance in isolation.
In São Tomé, 14 people were recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered people to 1,271.
These four deaths occur less than 24 hours after the Sao Tome prime minister paid a visit to the campaign hospital installed at the São Tomé and Príncipe Football Federation’s Internship Center in the city of São Tomé, and the respiratory symptomatic services of the main hospital of the country, Ayres de Menezes.
“We have lost some relatives, we have lost countrymen. At the moment we are already over 20 dead, it is too much for a population as small as ours”, lamented Jorge Bom Jesus, who promised to “redouble efforts” because “after one year, already there is no justification “so many people die due to covid-19.
The chief executive also regretted that the country is registering “on average 20 to 30 cases per day”.
Jorge Bom Jesus acknowledged that the field hospital and symptomatic respiratory services have “difficulties at various levels”.
“We are in a situation where material, human and financial resources are lacking”, said Jorge Bom Jesus, considering, however, that, with the experience of about a year of pandemic in the country, health professionals have “the obligation to do better than before “.
“In the past we were all in this phase of learning, of total ignorance, but today we all have the obligation to do a little more and better, with more technique, more appropriation of the disease”, he explained.
The purpose of visiting these two facilities was to see “what is the room for improvement and the constraints that exist”.
Jorge Bom Jesus highlighted the lack of oxygen, water, ventilation as the main problems facing the two hospitals and promised to “intervene, help the Ministry of Health to improve” the functioning of these sectors.
“The reason for my visit is precisely to introduce an improvement. Health is a priority of priorities, life first, our commitment is to the health of the people”, defended the government official.
A pandemic covid-19 caused at least 2,474,437 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 111 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16,086 people died from 799,106 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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