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Covid-19: Tough measures for Luanda, Cuanza Norte

Wed, 08 Jul 2020 08:20 - Updated Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:59

Minister of State Adão de Almeida Photo: Domingos Cardoso

Luanda - Angolan president João Lourenço decreed Tuesday continued cordon sanitaire for the country's capital Luanda and the northern Cuanza Norte province's Cazengo municipality, from 09 July to 09 August this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The measures were announced Tuesday by Minister of State of the Civil Affairs Office to the President of the Republic, Adão de Almeida.

Speaking  at a press conference, the official stated that the two localities will be subject to a set of rules contained in 15 points, with stress to:

Mandatory use of a face mask on public, with fines ranging from Akz 5,000 to 10,000 (in case of non-compliance with the rule). Remaining indoors,  unless needs and urgent issues justify leaving home.

Reduction of the Public Service workforce to 50%, operating from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Active staff should be reduced by up to 30%, with the competitions and sports training still closed.

Individual training going from 5:30 am to 7:30 am and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

While announcing the new measures, the official said that from now on, training on the public with “Personal Traiener” is restricted to a maximum of five people. The violation will carry a fine ranging from Akz 5,000 to 10,000.

Timetable for Commercial outlets (including canteens), goes from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and with a reduction of the workforce to 50% (including customers inside.

Violation carries between 100, 000 and 250,000 Kwanzas fines.

Under  the new guidelines, the restaurants and other facilities will operate from 8 am to 4 pm, with a capacity of up to 50%. Take way service runs until 10 pm.

Markets and street vending are allowed from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Violation carries a fine ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 kwanzas. The measure covers the buyers, who purchase goods outside the facilities.

Adão de Almeida, who was speaking at the end of a meeting  the President held with the Inter-ministerial Commission for Response to Covid-19, said that the meetings are reduced to 50 people, unless  authorised by health entities.

As for home gatherings, he said should be restricted to 15 people, while on public it can only be done with a maximum of 10 people. The violation will also be considered a crime of disobedience.

Under the new decisions, the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is banned on the public.

Religious activities are still suspended, while funeral ceremonies are restricted to 10 participants for deaths due to “extra-covid-19”  (normal deaths) and 5 people for funerals of deceased with the new coronavirus.

Public transport, on the other hand, will be restricted to 50% and operating from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm.

According to Adão de Almeida, the breach of the cordon sanitaire carries a fine ranging from 100,000 to 250,000 Kwanzas, with the offender placed in Institutional Quarantine, and obliged to share in the costs of testing the covid-19 to which he is subjected to.

The same applies to citizens who to assist in the breach of the cordon sanitaire in Luanda or Cuanza Norte.

Regarding the deaths, if the cause of death is covid-19, the transfer of corpses is banned. Only those related to deaths associated with this pandemic can be transferred, being accompanied only by two members.

Official trips to other provinces are subject to authorisation and a reduced number depending on the nature of the work and the minimum necessary to carry out the task.

However, those coming from cordon sanitaire localities are required to perform preliminary tests . It is up to Multi-sector Commission for Prevention and Combating Covid-19 (the only entity with competent authority) to authorize their trip.