Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe seem to be the only Portuguese-speaking countries in which to date there have been no cases of Covid-19, according to the most recent data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the USA.
The most serious case in the Portuguese-speaking world is Brazil, where there are 1,593 people infected and there have already been 25 deaths, followed by Portugal, with the largest number of cases – 1,600 – but smaller number of deaths – 14, according to the same figures.
Timor Leste on Sunday was added to the list of countries where the Minister of Health, Élia dos Reis Amaral, announced the first case, “a person who came from abroad and is in isolation and quarantine.”
The Timorese government announced, however, the closure of all schools, ranging from pre-school education to secondary education and technical training for at least a week from Monday, “and this decision will be reviewed at the end of the week.”
“We will do this at all levels. In total there are over 300,000 throughout the country,” she noted, explaining that the “extraordinary holiday” applies to both public and private schools and that a decision on higher education must be made by the relevant minister.
In Cabo Verde there are three cases, all on Boavista Island, where the British tourist who was the first confirmed case of infection in Cabo Verde is located, leading to a second hotel being under quarantine.
The Minister of Health, Arlindo do Rosário, said that one of the newly infected people is an individual who came into contact with the first case, the 62 year-old British tourist, and the third positive case is in a tourist from the Netherlands.
Angola has two confirmed cases of Covid-19, and the Minister of Health, Silvia Lutukuta, said that the two cases, two Angolan citizens aged 36 and 38, respectively, are permanent residents of Luanda but had recently returned from Portugal, and are under medical supervision.
Adding that the two people “are already being attended by health units,” the minister said they had returned from Portugal on 17 and 18 March, respectively, and are to be duly supervised, with the possibility of home quarantine, without visitors.
Mozambique became the 38th African country affected by the new corona virus. The Ministry of Health revealed that a 75 year-old Mozambican had travelled to the United Kingdom, one of the 186 countries around the world affected by the pandemic.
Mozambican state port and railway company CFM announced that the board of directors had decided to cancel all long-haul passenger trains, a measure which will come into force on Monday.
A statement issued by CFM said the decision was intended to strengthen preventive measures against the new coronavirus (Covid-19), announced by the President of the Republic on Friday, as was the “suspension of the issuing of visas for entry into Mozambique” and the cancellation of “all those already issued,” and the “closure of all public and private schools, ranging from pre-school education to higher education,” from 23 March.
Worldwide figures show that to date 335,997 people have been infected around the world, resulting in 14,641 deaths. The most significant cases are in Italy, with 5,476 deaths, China, where the virus first appeared in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, with 3,153 deaths, Spain with 1,772 deaths and Iran with 1,685 deaths. (macauhub)