Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
Mozambique — Trends

State of Emergency extended for an additional 30 days amidst increasing unemployment

  • First case: 23 March 2020

  • Total cases: 859 (as of 28 June 2020)

  • Total deaths: 5

  • Schools: Closed country-wide for 30 days (7.9 million learners affected).

  • Borders/Flights: Entry for non-nationals and non-residents is restricted.

  • Containment measures: State of Emergency effective 1 April, restricting movements and closing schools and non-essential services; 14-day quarantine for all travellers; use of face masks mandatory in public areas; temporary suspension of issuance of visas.

Situation:

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Mozambique had reached 859 as of 28 June, including five deaths, according to the Ministry of Health. Cabo Delgado Province holds the highest number of infections in the country. President Filipe Nyusi announced on 28 May the second extension of the State of Emergency for an additional 30 days, from 1 June, as part of the pandemic containment measures. In his televised address, the President urged the population to respect the social distancing regulations, nothing that some businesses are breaching the rules. The Government announced that inspections will be strengthened in markets, streets and borders, and the lifting of restrictions will depend on the pandemic trend.

On the health response, the Government is collaborating with Cuba to bring 60 doctors to reinforce the COVID-19 operations. Meanwhile, the pandemic has reportedly impacted the country’s economy. According to media reports, 6,115 workers in the tourism industry have reportedly lost their jobs and 1,443 establishments closed their doors since the beginning of the State of Emergency on 1 April. An additional 21,000 people have had their contracts suspended and are on collective leave with no compensation, according to National Union of Hotel, Tourism and Similar Industry Workers, quoted by the media..

Response:

  • The Government has increased the budget allocation for health, from about approximately US$29.8 million (MT 2 billion or about 0.2 per cent of GDP) to about $49.2 million (MT 3.3 billion or 0.3 per cent of GDP).

  • The Government has requested $700 million from partners to help deal with the impact of the pandemic.

Official sources:

Mozambique Government COVID-19 webpage and Ministry of Health Official Twitter

WHO Mozambique Official Twitter

Other links:

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response, by UNESCO

COVID-19 World Travel Restrictions, by the Emergency Division of the World Food Programme (WFP)

Global COVID-19 Airport Status, by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Policy Responses to COVID-19, by IMF

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