Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced on Thursday that the state of emergency enacted since April 1 to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended for the second time for another 30 days, starting on June 1.
It is essential to continue with the state of emergency and relevant restrictions as the number of confirmed cases doubled in the past two weeks, said the president in a televised address to the nation.
According to the president, bus stops and means of transport remain crowded, and some establishments of services are still not observing social distancing rules.
“We note with sadness that the measures taken are not being complied with by everyone, which has contributed a lot to the spread of the pandemic,” said the president.
Nyusi said that the measures are not aimed at ending the pandemic, but at controlling its spread and avoiding the level-4 measures of “lockdown.”
The president called for the utmost seriousness and responsibility from all citizens to observe the preventive measures, which is “for the good of all of us” and “decisive for the success in the fight against this faceless enemy.”
Inspections will be strengthened at markets, streets and borders, and the reopening of borders or resumption of activities in sport and culture sectors will be studied in light of the trend of the pandemic, said the president.
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