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COVID-19: National Overview

Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:18 - Updated Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:18

Bié: Director do Gabinete Provincial da Saúde, João Campos falando à imprensa sobre COVID- 19 Photo: Bartolomeu do Nascimento

Luanda - Four months after the outbreak, which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Angola recorded the first two positive cases of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19), contracted by two nationals.

These are two male Angolans, aged between 36 and 38 years old, who entered Angola on 17 and 18 March, coming from Portugal, confirmed at about 2 am on Saturday (21).


The National Police (PN) have all their personnel on standby to punish those who break the basic preventive measures of the new Ccovid-19, stipulated by the Inter-ministerial Commission for Response to Pandemic.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the 41st of Road Traffic and Safety Department (DTSR), the Police general commander, Paulo de Almeida, urged everyone to comply with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Inter-ministerial Commission

The Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, advised employers to allow their domestic workers to stay indoors as a way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among Angolans.

The direction is in line with the Message of the Nation delivered by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, and to the Provisional Presidential Legislative Decree no. 1/20 of 18 March, that lay down several preventive measures.


At least 500 citizens, mostly Angolans, returned on Saturday night (21st) from Portugal, after being stranded in Porto and Lisbon, due to the closure of Angola's borders.
Since Wednesday, this group has been unable to come to the country, following Provisional Presidential Legislative Decree 1/20 of 18 March, which aims to prevent the spread of the new Corovaviros (Covid-19).


An Angolan citizen, aged 30 years old, from Portugal on 16th March, is in the home quarantine, in Horizonte city, monitored by the local health authorities, said the director of the Provincial Health Office, João Campos.

Lunda Norte

Health  authorities of the eastern Lunda Norte province have placed on quarantine two South African citizens (coming from their country), after they escaped on Friday the surveillance teams placed at Luanda's international airport.


The Provincial Youth Council in Namibe carried out an intense public awareness campaign on methods of disease prevention, during which, young associates distributed pamphlets with statements about the pandemic and ways of prevention.


The sale of dried game meat, on the informal market in Luena city, has been banned since Saturday, the 21st, as part of the implementation of measures to prevent infection by the new coronavirus (Covid - 19).
The ban was announced on Friday by the provincial governor, Gonçalves Muandumba, during a meeting held with members of the local pandemic monitoring commission.

Cuanza Sul

Health and National Police officials have instructed public transport operators to provide means of hygiene in their vehicles for passengers, in order to prevent them from contaminating the Covid-19.

They were advised to disinfect vehicles regularly and to remove similar information.


Pharmacies in Mbanza Kongo are struggling with the out-of-stock of biosafety material to address prevention efforts against the new Coronavirus (covid-19).

They include masks, gel, ethyl alcohol, antiseptic handkerchiefs, gloves, caps and waterproof coats.

Lunda Norte

In the municipality of Dundo, the biosafety material to meet Ccovid-19 prevention efforts is sold out in most pharmacies, at a time when demand is increasing.