The provisional presidential decree, signed by João Lourenço, was read this Wednesday on public television, TPA, after an intervention by the chief executive, who explained the need to adopt exceptional measures to prevent the onset of the disease.
In view of the infection caused by the Covid-19 virus, the high associated mortality rate and the negative social and economic impact worldwide, the President decreed the suspension of all commercial and private passenger flights from Angola to abroad and vice versa , prohibits the movement of people at land borders, as well as the docking and disembarkation of passenger ships and their crews coming from abroad, in all national ports, for 15 days, from 00:00 on Friday.
This period is extendable for an equal period of time depending on the global behavior of the Covid-19 pandemic, the diploma indicates.
Passengers who disembark at national airports by midnight on March 20, will have to fill out a form for mandatory health control at the time of disembarkation and stay at home for a period of 14 days.
Visits to these citizens will be prohibited, and their absence from work should be considered justified.
The border suspension measure does not cover cargo flights, even those that are indispensable for humanitarian reasons or are in the service of foreign policy.
It is also not applicable to the docking and disembarkation of cargo ships, being also allowed to disembark crews for medical reasons.
Public events with more than 200 people are prohibited, including religious cults, cultural, recreational, sporting, political, associative, tourist or other activities.
All public and private establishments, including stores, schools, bars and restaurants that remain open to the public, must provide running water and soap or alcohol-based disinfectant.
The Minister of Finance "must ensure extraordinary financial resources that are specifically intended to cover the tasks related to the acquisition of the necessary means for the preparation of the teams, the provision of assistance and the carrying out of epidemiological surveillance actions" to prevent and contain the epidemic, read if still in the document.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, has infected more than 210,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 8750 have died. Of the infected people, more than 84,000 have recovered from the disease.