The High Commissioner’s statement on Covid-19 highlights “the positivity rate remains high, at 113 people tested, 26 positive for the novel coronavirus, with a positivity rate of 23%”.
According to the epidemiological bulletin, 44 people were hospitalized, while 33 people were reported to have recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours.
Guinea-Bissau continues to register 856 cases of coronavirus.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, the country has recorded 5,702 confirmed cases of the disease and still has 115 deaths.
The High Commission for Covid-19 announced, today, the discovery of a delta type of novel coronavirus in Guinea-Bissau.
A statement said that as a result of genetic sequencing of 34 samples collected between July 23 and August 8, 2021, the presence of the delta variant was detected in all the sequenced samples.
High Commissioner Magda Robalo urged Guineans to vaccinate the rolling delta variant.
“Scientific data indicate that this species causes more severe disease than the other variants and the original virus itself, especially in unvaccinated people,” the statement said.
Guinea-Bissau has been witnessing, for two months, the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,472,486 deaths worldwide, among the more than 214.5 million new coronavirus infections recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report from Agence France-Presse.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil or Peru.
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