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MBABANE – Concerns! Nine people from the Shiselweni region yesterday tested positive for the novel  coronavirus. A two-year-old baby girl is among those who tested positive while the oldest is aged 84.

The nine are among the list of 13 confirmed cases that tested positive for the virus yesterday.
According to a statement released by the Minister of Health, Lizzie Nkosi, a total of 188 results were received yesterday and 175 of these tested negative to the pandemic disease.

“The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases to date is 238,” the minister said. “The cumulative graph exhibits an upward trend even though the daily graph may show very low or no case in some days. Adherence to health measures is very important in slowing down the spread of the coronavirus within the population,” she said.

She said factors impacting case finding include the laboratory result turnaround time, contact tracing, screening, swab collection and sample transportation activities at regional and facility level.

protect the elderly at home

“It has been observed that the number of senior citizens acquiring COVID-19 is increasing and emphasis is being made on self-isolation of family members when suspecting COVID-19 infection to protect the elderly at home,” Nkosi said.
She explained that the Shiselweni region had nine new cases, which was the highest among the four regions.

“However, cumulatively, Manzini region is still leading,” she said, before thanking all frontliners  in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

“Their dedication and selfless commitment is highly appreciated and noticed by emaswati. COVID-19 is an infection with evolving events which means the approach will continuously be marked by changes,” she said.

The ministry of health would like to emphasise on the importance of cooperating with health advice as follows;
The public is advised to continue with the practice of good hand hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing, wearing of masks and self-isolation.

Patients put on home care and those awaiting results are expected to adhere to self-isolation advice which includes using a single room at home without sharing, keeping a physical distance whenever other people are encountered and wearing of a mask to avoid contaminating surfaces.

Senior citizens above 60 years are encouraged and expected to comply with hospital admission arrangements when they are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive. This is very important for their own health benefit since the documented risk factors for coronavirus include advanced age and the presence of other medical conditions.

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