Angola under state of emergency from 27 March

26 March 2020

The President of the Republic of Angola declared a National State of Emergency in the country from 00:00 on 27 March, as one of the measures to help combat the new coronavirus, Covid-19, according to an official statement.

The decision by João Lourenço follows consultations by the Council of the Republic with the National Assembly, which gave a favourable opinion to the State of Emergency.

The spokesperson for the Council of the Republic, Rosa Cruz e Silva, said on Wednesday a decision had been made to ensure testing for all citizens arriving from countries where the virus is in community circulation, as well as the application of urgent measures to prevent people gathering together at informal markets.

The Council also recommended boosting cross-sector coordination and cooperation to apply the control measures and guarantee compliance with them, by each  administrative body and the central State administration, provincial governments, municipal administrations and partners.

It also asked for guarantees of institutional and technological supplies to allow for medical services to be provided in the expected quantities, as well as to guarantee regular distribution of water to urban, suburban and rural areas across the country.

The advisers to the President suggested guaranteeing appropriate treatment for suspected or confirmed cases, including isolation and/or quarantine areas, as well as organisation of the National Health System to provide care to the affected population.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State for Public Health said on Wednesday that in Angola there were still three confirmed cases and another seven samples were being tested, the results of which would be published on Thursday 26 March.

Franco Mufinda, who was updating the figures on the Covid-19 pandemic, said that 176 samples had been tested and of these only three had proven positive. (macauhub)