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Authorities can request call logs to track suspected covid-19

National authorities can ask the telecommunications operators for detailed call records and other data to track suspicious citizens or those with confirmed cases of covid-19, as well as their contacts.

: Greg Baker
Greg Baker  

The measure is contained in the presidential decree published this Friday in the Diário da República that extends the state of emergency in Angola for another 15 days, between 00:00 on April 26 and 23:59 on May 10.

The new phase of the state of emergency brings some novelties, including the possibility of accessing telecommunications records to follow suspicious cases or their contacts.

Institutional quarantine is mandatory for people exposed to infection or citizens from outside the country, being subject to the home regime "citizens for whom the authorities determine an active surveillance situation".

Violation of the home quarantine constitutes a crime of disobedience and gives rise to institutional quarantine "with the competent authorities being able to invade the offender's home for detention in case of resistance".

Quarantined citizens, as well as others "under the terms defined by the competent authorities", are subject to mandatory testing, and their refusal is a crime of disobedience.

Another novelty is the survey of the interprovincial health fence, remaining only in Luanda, where the 25 cases of covid-19 in the country have been identified so far, with the entry and exit of this province prohibited, with the exception of essential goods, humanitarian aid. or sick.

Interprovincial circulation is authorized only for the purpose of "exercising economic activity", excluding leisure or visits to family members.

Angola declared a state of emergency on 27 March, making a first extension on 11 April and a second extension starting on 26 April.

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