According to Angolan news agency, Angolan Minister of State and Director of Private Affairs Adão de Almeida announced on Saturday that as part of the public disaster measures update, entry and exit to Luanda province will be prohibited from May 10 (Monday).
Luanda Province will continue to maintain a sanitary and anti-epidemic fence until June 8. Only in emergencies (disease, official travel, business trips, transportation of basic items and sanitary items, etc.), can enter and exit Luanda, but people infected with Covid-19 cannot by.
Passengers entering and leaving Luanda must present a company-stamped authorization letter explaining the situation. Violators will have to pay high fines. All personnel entering and leaving Luanda are required to undergo a new crown test and hold a negative report. The test method is rapid test, serum test, and nucleic acid test.
Starting today, travelers from Brazil and India will also be temporarily barred from entering the country. Angolan citizens and foreigners holding residence permits can enter the country as an exception, but they must have a negative nucleic acid test report within 72 hours and be quarantined. Anyone who provides false information will be punished.
Adãode Almeida explained that the strengthening of these measures stems from the accelerated increase in confirmed cases of mutant viruses from the United Kingdom and South Africa, and its high infectivity and high mortality are also reasons for the strengthening of measures.
All 18 provinces in Angola have reported positive cases of the new crown virus, but Luanda is the only province that records the circulation of a mutant virus in the community and is also the hardest hit by the epidemic.
The Minister of State and Director of the Private Affairs Office stated that the decision was made in view of the severe situation of the epidemic. The Presidential Decree on Public Disasters that took effect 10 days ago was cancelled and the new measures were announced, which will take effect on May 10 for a period of 30 days to June 8. . If the country’s new crown epidemic continues to worsen, it may be revised again.
The number of employees in the public and private sectors in Luanda has been reduced from 75% to 50%. The working hours of the public sector are from 8 am to 3 pm, and the working hours of the private sector are from 6 am to 4 pm. The number of staff in the public and private sectors remains at 75%, while the number of staff engaged in basic social services (such as airport terminal services, taxation, police, hospitals, electricity, water, etc.) remains 100% on the basis of the shift system.
Restaurants in Luanda Province are open from Monday to Friday. Dine-in hours are from 6 am to 6 pm, while restaurants in other provinces are open from 6 am to 8 pm. The restaurant’s take-out service is available. It will be postponed until 10 pm and closed on weekends.
The business hours of commercial establishments in Luanda Province are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., commercial establishments in other provinces are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.