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Government says officials have been found fleeing from hotels

The Minister of Health said this Sunday that the employees of a hotel in Luanda were searched and found where passengers from Portugal are in institutional quarantine due to covid-19.

: Gaspar dos Santos/Angop
Gaspar dos Santos/Angop  

Asked about the escape of officials from the Victoria Garden hotel, where positive cases of covid-19 were identified, Minister Silvia Lutucuta said that "at this point [the information] no longer matches the truth" because "a thorough work" was done between the Ministry of Health and the defense and security agencies that allowed these workers to be "picked up".

"Initially, we did have a small number, but in two or three days we managed to reach the rest with the support of the police and their organs", he continued, without specifying how many employees fled.

Silvia Lutucuta indicated that the employees of the hotels where the institutional quarantine is being carried out, which now covers more than 700 people, have been tested, as well as the security corps and health professionals.

"This is the way we intend to control, to a certain extent, the progression of the pandemic in our country as well", she stressed.

All passengers and crew on flights from 12 March to the last flight that entered Angola, with closed borders, from Cuba with a medical contingent, on 10 April, he said, will also be tested.

Regarding the Golden condominium in Talatona, where citizens infected with the new coronavirus have also been identified, Silvia Lutucuta said that tests on residents are about to be completed.

"When we have the results, we will discharge and take the [sanitary] fence out of the condominium," which "is coming soon," she added.

Outside Luanda, two suspicious cases were also identified in the province of Huíla, not linked to travelers but with "frequent flu manifestations in patients with covid-19, whose samples are still being processed.

The government announced a new positive case of covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number to 26.

On a global level, according to an assessment by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 200,000 deaths and infected more than 2.9 million people in 193 countries and territories.

Nearly 800,000 patients have been considered cured.


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