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Carriers of goods will have to be quarantined

All drivers from SADC member countries, who transport goods and who have to cross borders, will have to be quarantined in Angola. The measure, announced by Transport Minister Ricardo D'Abreu, is part of the package of prevention measures taken to combat the covid-19 pandemic.


According to the Minister, this measure will suffice for the time being, however, he admits that other precautions may be taken: "Obviously, as the disease develops, other measures may be taken and perhaps another relaxation may be taken, but at the moment we are in an institutional quarantine framework which must be observed by all operators and workers in the different transport sectors".

The Minister, who was speaking at the SADC Council of Ministers meeting, said, quoted by Jornal de Angola, that the objective of this measure is not to cause constraints in the transport of products and stressed that the country wants to keep the transport of goods and essential products in SADC countries functioning normally.

"The issue essentially has to do with quarantine periods and those to be observed by drivers and crew of goods coming from the countries of the region," he said.

Silvia Lutucuta, Health Minister, who also attended the meeting, said that "very strong" measures need to be taken to monitor and control the disease and called for the health conditions in some countries to be strengthened: "We have great challenges in health care in our countries, which put us in a more difficult situation to face the covid-19 pandemic".

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