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Mozambique: State of emergency extended for the third time

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President Filipe Nyusi has extended Mozambique’s state of emergency for another thirty days but has relaxed some of the measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.

Nyusi said in a televised speech on the night of Sunday, 28 June 2020 that the extension is with effect from June 30 and would run until the end of July.

This is the time the President has extended the state of emergency which was first imposed in April.

He revealed that the government would use the extension period to gradually relax restrictive measures that have been in place for the past two months.

“We decided to maintain the level three (measures) and adjust some measures that have an impact on the country, in a phased manner, to allow certain sectors to resume activities,” Nyusi said.

Some of the sectors expected to reopen are education, manufacturing, and tourism but Nyusi said the reopening should be done in strict compliance with Covid-19 health protocols.

“The resumption of face-to-face classes in primary and secondary education will take place in three phases to be announced within days,” Nyusi said.

He however cautioned that the relaxation could be reversed if cases of coronavirus increase in the country.

Mozambique has so far recorded eight-hundred and fifty-nine cases of coronavirus cases and five deaths.


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