Despite intensive efforts to keep the number of coronavirus cases low in Mozambique, there is an upward trend in the number of infections. For this reason, head of state Filipe Nyusi extended the state of emergency on Sunday, June 28, 2020, for another 30 days - and for the third time in a row. It is valid now until 29 July 2020. In this way, the Mozambican president wants to avoid a new peak of the pandemic in his country to reduce the pressure on hospitals.
Labor and Employment
Despite the state of emergency, entry into Mozambique is allowed for professionals, executives and investors. These groups of people are urgently needed to boost the economy and tourism. However, only flights from countries with which there is an agreement based on reciprocity are approved.
In the public and private sectors, companies are allowed to increase the number of employees working in 14-day cycles. However, this is limited from one third to a maximum of one half and only applies if hygiene measures are observed.
Industry, trade and transport
Local authorities are tasked with reorganizing markets for trade. In addition, they should create opportunities to ensure compliance with the minimum distance of 1.5 meters between sellers and customers. The general improvement of health conditions is also part of their remit.
Drivers entering Mozambique for cross-border trade must wear mouth-to-nose protection and be tested for coronavirus. This includes a temperature measurement and, if necessary, a corona test. In public transport (passenger, freight and long-distance), drivers must expect increased controls.
The authorities and the border police are called to the
- increased monitoring of compliance with hygiene measures in public transport,
- enforce the permitted capacity in the transport of people.
Gymnasiums must remain closed and the joint training of national teams is also prohibited. Individual outdoor sports activities are permitted.
- Museums and galleries may open. However, visitors must keep a distance of 2 metres between each other.
- Restaurants remain open.
- Bars must remain closed.
- Cinemas, churches and theatres remain closed.
- Concerts and similar events are still prohibited.
Schools and Universities
The gradual restart of face-to-face teaching is imminent. The Government has taken appropriate measures to ensure the gradual return of classes. In doing so, it has considered the need for education in society. In the coming days, the government will give its detailed opinion on this matter. The World Health Organisation representative in Mozambique also supports this decision.
On 2 July 2020, the Mozambican Minister of Health inaugurated a corona test laboratory in the province of Nampula. This was set up specifically for the investigation of suspected cases of corona. Since more corona tests can now be carried out, the Ministry of Health expects a significant increase in the number of infections. Current figures show that the corona virus is already spreading in all districts of the city of Nampula.
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