Portuguese-speaking countries look to respond to Covid-19 pandemic

The parliament of Timor-Leste on Thursday unanimously approved the declaration of a state of emergency in the country, which is expected to be in place for a month, from Saturday 28 March, a measure adopted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the “partially suspended rights” is international travel, with health controls at ports and airports.

In Cabo Verde, the country’s President is due to meet on Friday with the Council of The Republic, after the prime minister called for an immediate declaration of a state of emergency to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a message to the country the prime minister confirmed a meeting with the Head of State and said that the President “is seriously considering the possibility of declaring a constitutional state of emergency,” in Cabo Verde.

São Tomé and Príncipe has been in a state of emergency since 17 March when Prime Minister Jorge Bom Jesus announced the decision after an audience with President Evaristo Carvalho.

The measure adopted include bans on entry into the country by foreign citizens, and nationals and resident that return to the country must undergo a period of home quarantine.

Angola went into a state of emergency at 00:00 hours on 27 March, and the decision by President João Lourenço followed consultations with the Council of the Republic and the National Assembly, which gave the green light.

Portugal has been in a state of emergency since midnight on 19 March and it is due to end at 11.59 pm on 2 April, and the President announced on Thursday in Lisbon that another meeting will be held with politicians and specialists before any decision is made to extend the state of emergency, which he said may be renewed until 16 April.

The government of Brazil did not decree a state of emergency on  national level, but some states, including São Paulo and  Rio de Janeiro, have done so on a local level.

In Mozambique the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 increased to seven, six of which were imported and one locally contracted. So far the government has not announced any intention of declaring a state of emergency.

In Guinea Bissau, where the country decided to close its borders despite having no way of controlling them, there are at least two confirmed cases of Covid-19. (macauhub)