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New Luanda-Lisbon flight will repatriate more Portuguese on May 14

TAP will carry out a new flight on 14 May to take to Portugal citizens who are stranded in Angola due to the closure of borders enacted to prevent the spread of covid-19, the carrier's source said on Tuesday.

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Due to the pandemic, the country declared a state of emergency on 27 March, a decision that has already been extended twice, and since then has kept its air, land and sea borders closed.

The Government has only authorized humanitarian flights that come to collect foreign citizens to return to their countries of origin.

The new flight is being promoted by the Angolan travel agency Ask4.

On April 25, the Minister of Transport, Ricardo de Abreu, said that 205 humanitarian flights have been authorized so far, which have allowed nearly 2000 foreign citizens to return home, with no forecast for the resumption of commercial aviation.

The third phase of the state of emergency ends on 10 May, but can be extended for another 15 days.

Angola records 36 positive cases of the covid-19 disease, of which two resulted in deaths.

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