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Parliament approves request for renewal of the state of emergency

This Thursday, Parliament unanimously approved the request to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days because of covid-19, which has already caused two deaths out of 19 positive cases in the country.


The resolution on the possibility of an extension of the state of emergency by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, was adopted with 176 votes in favour, no votes against and zero abstentions.

In his speech, Mário Pinto de Andrade, MP of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), praised the efforts of the President of the Republic, including the measures of compulsory confinement and restriction of the movement of people, as the country has only 19 confirmed cases of contagion, of which two have died and two have recovered.

"This is a very positive balance, bearing in mind that in other parts of the world the number of daily contagions is around 800 to 1,500 cases and the number of daily deaths is between 500 and 1,000 cases," he said.

According to Mário Pinto de Andrade, the measures of the state of emergency may mitigate or even prevent the tragedy that other countries are currently experiencing.

Mário Pinto de Andrade stressed that despite the importance of the state of emergency for health, it "is bad for the economy".

For his part, Maurílio Luiele, member of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), stressed that although the number of cases in the country is still arithmetic, the records of recent days suggest an acceleration in the spread of infection in Angola, "which is a worrying trend".

"Known to be the weaknesses of our health system and in the context of a sharp economic downturn that is tearing the social fabric, the prospect of affirmation of the covid-19 pandemic in Angola may mean a challenge of unpredictable repercussions," he said.

In this sense, he added, "there is a high risk of calamity in Angola that should not be underestimated and of which all Angolans should be aware".

"In this sense, UNITA is in favour of declaring a state of emergency and renewing it under the terms of this request from the President of the Republic, because it considers that it provides the necessary environment for the implementation of the measures of isolation and social distancing, which are essential to contain the spread of covid-19", he said.

The deputy for Convergência Ampla de Salvação de Angola - Coigação Eleitoral (CASA-CE), André Mendes de Carvalho "Miau", said the party was in favour of extending the state of emergency, having made some recommendations on the terms.

"We are of the opinion that people who leave home do so, not essentially out of indiscipline, for the most part, but out of necessity, that is how in the first 15 days of the state of emergency we saw and there was even some flexibility in the sense that the "zungueiras" can make their living as usual," he said.

For his part, the leader of the parliamentary bench of the Social Renewal Party (PRS), Benedito Daniel, admitted that the circumstances are difficult, and in view of the scenario that presents itself are favorable to the state of emergency.

The same opinion was expressed by the representative of the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), Lucas Ngonda, who expressed concern about the communities, due also to the high circulation of people.

The covid-19 has caused 572 deaths in Africa and there are registered 11,400 cases in 52 countries, while 1,313 people have recovered, according to the latest data on the pandemic on the continent.


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