Mozambique announces coronavirus state of emergency

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The southern African nation has eight positive cases of Covid-19

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has announced a state of emergency for 30 days, effective from Wednesday, to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

“Strict measures such as limiting the movement of people, closing border points and banning gatherings- including those at places of worship, would be implemented,” he said.

People who had recently travelled outside the country or had contact with confirmed cases would be quarantined, the president added during a televised address on Monday.

The southern African nation has eight positive cases of Covid-19, two of which are local transmissions.

The move, which must be approved by parliament, was informed by recommendations from the health and security authorities, President Nyusi said.

 

Olajumoke Adeleke