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Luanda markets can only sell essential goods and some may even close

From the next few days the capital markets will only be able to sell essential goods, and the provincial government is still considering closing some of them. The measures are aimed at avoiding the crowding of people in these places, as a way of preventing the Covid-19 pandemic.

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According to Sergio Luther Rescova, governor of Luanda, the markets will have to change some behaviours and will respect some safety standards: buyers and sellers must keep a distance of at least one meter and the spaces will be able to sell only products that are absolutely essential for the survival of the population.

In statements to the press, cited by Angop, the governor also considered that some capital markets might even close if the situation of Covid-19 in the country worsens.

The head of Luanda province also asked the markets and consumers to adopt the measures recommended by the health authorities and revealed that these standards are part of the National Contingency Plan.

Sergio Luther Rescova also said that on Wednesday taxi drivers, bus drivers and motorcyclists were warned to reduce the number of people on board: "Today [Wednesday] we are already starting to limit and reduce the number of passengers on public transport, with a view to preventing the Covid-19".