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Angola admits to extending entry ban list for Covid-19 affected countries

The government said this Friday that it maintains the entry ban on foreign nationals from China, the epicentre of the new coronavirus, South Korea, Iran and Italy, admitting to "extend or reduce" the list depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

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According to the Secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda, the interministerial commission continues to examine the spread of the new coronavirus throughout the world and any future measures should depend on it.

"We are continuing to examine the cases and everything will depend on the reaction of the commission. There is a band or threshold follow-up and there is a definition that can lead us to the exit or not of some countries from this list and the emergence of others," said Mufinda.

Angola "still doesn't have positive cases of the disease," he said, adding the country continues to manage quarantine in a center in the Calumbo region of Luanda, where 82 people are hospitalized.

A center for the treatment of probable confirmed cases of the new coronavirus is being prepared in Barra do Dande, Luanda.

The ruler was speaking in Luanda on the sidelines of a clarification meeting on the Covid-19 Contingency Plan for the Control of Covid-19, aimed at tourism agents operating in Angola.

In the context of the contingency plan, Franco Mufinda stressed that the country has a logistics that "helps, at this moment, to face this reality with a preview of what may come".

"So there is a caution in this sense, especially in terms of personal protection equipment for personnel who will manage possible cases," he assured.

According to the government, the meeting with tourism operators, promoted by the Ministries of Health and Tourism, aims at training the sector's agents to alert them to the care they should observe with guests.

The new coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 was detected in December in China, and has already caused more than 4,900 deaths worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare the disease a pandemic.

The number of infected people has exceeded 131,000, with cases reported in over 120 countries and territories, including Portugal, which has 112 confirmed cases.

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