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Coronavirus: Ministry of Health declares quarantine period

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) has decided to proceed with a 14-day quarantine period for all persons coming from China and for those who have come into contact with patients infected with the coronavirus.


The measures are restricted: the quarantine period prohibits persons who are isolated from receiving visits and the quarantine areas will be closed to the public.

Angola currently has 40 citizens under observation who have returned from flights in recent days, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto.

"We already have a reference hospital in Barra do Kwanza where 40 citizens who arrived on flights a few days ago are located," he said.

The minister also revealed that the quarantine applies to Angolan, Chinese or national citizens arriving from China or who have been in contact with affected people.

Manuel Augusto also left a guarantee that the government "is complying with international standards" and creating conditions to preserve public health, admitting that "the measures are not nice" and "can disturb economic activity" because there are "partners and workers who may be covered by this need for quarantine".

But, he stressed, "there is no money to pay for public health and therefore the government will be firm in implementing this measure".

In a statement, quoted by Angop, the authority asks that suspected cases be reported to the authorities and that the population adopt the necessary preventive measures to protect itself.

In addition, the ministry also says that the executive has been in contact with the Chinese government to bring the necessary help to Angolans in China.

So far, Angola has only registered one suspected case of coronavirus in the country, but the results were negative and the suspicion has been ruled out.


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