Mozambique declares second virus emergency

Mozambique – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has announced another 30 days of emergency from Friday midnight in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

This is the second time the country has declared a health emergency since March when it confirmed its first case.

In a televised address on Wednesday, President Nyusi outlined a phased easing of restrictions.

Phase one will begin on 18 August with the resumption of classes at higher education institutions, military academies and technical training institutions. Religious gatherings will be allowed but only limited to 50 people.

Funerals will only be limited to 50 people from 20 people, except if the deceased died of Covid-19, in which case the number of attendants remains at 10.

In phase two which starts in September, cinemas, casinos and gyms may reopen.

The third phase starts in October will see final year students in secondary schools resuming classes.

Bars will remain closed indefinitely.

Mozambique has so far confirmed 2,079 cases of coronavirus, with 15 deaths.

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