Luanda - The health authorities announced, on Wednesday, the death of 9 patients who were hospitalized in health units dedicated to patients with Covid-19.

This is the first time that the country has recorded more than 5 deaths in 24 hours, 487 the number of deaths since the registration of the first positive case of Covid-19, in March 2020, in Angola.

Fatal victims include the list of patients who were hospitalized in critical condition, with other cormobilities.

With this number of deaths, the pandemic lethality rate in the country increases to 2.4 percent.

The province of Luanda registered 6 deaths, while the provinces of Bié, Huambo and Huíla each registered one death, involving patients whose ages vary from 4 to 80 years old, three male and six female.

The data were revealed by the Secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda, at the usual press conference to update the epidemiological picture.

Franco Mufinda also announced the registration of 54 new cases, being 31 in Luanda, 7 in Cabinda, 5 in Huambo, 1 in Benguela, 1 in Huíla, 1 in Moxico and 1 in Bié. Of the new patients, whose ages vary from 6 to 59 years old, 26 are male and 21 female.

The national epidemiological picture includes the recovery of 64 patients, of whom 33 were registered in Luanda, 13 in Huambo, 9 in Huíla and 9 in Lunda Norte.

The labs processed 1,629 samples on the basis of molecular biology (RT-PCR), a daily positivity rate of 2.9 percent.

Angola has 20,210 positive cases, with 487 deaths, 18,687 recovered and 1,036 active. Of the assets, 8 are in critical condition, 7 severe, 81 moderate, 75 with mild symptoms and 865 asymptomatic.

One hundred and twenty-one people are in institutional quarantine, 171 are hospitalized and 1,886 are under epidemiological surveillance.