In a live broadcast late on Monday, 30 March 2020 Nyusi said that during the thirty-day period movement of persons would be limited and public meetings would be prohibited to ensure that the disease does not spread.
The President also declared mandatory fourteen-day quarantine for all people who have travelled outside the country during the past month.
The state of emergency would be effective from midnight on 1 April 2020, he said.
Nyusi called on all Mozambicans to dedicate themselves to fighting COVID-19.
The number of confirmed cases of the respiratory disease in Mozambique is eight, according to Health Minister Armindo Tiago.