Mozambique: China visas suspended as Coronavirus spreads

Mozambique has suspended issuing visas to China due to the spread of cases of the new coronavirus, the government has announced.

“One of the [preventive] measures is the suspension of visas for China,” Helena Khida, spokeswoman for the Council of Ministers said on Tuesday at a press conference in Maputo.

The government explained that given Mozambique’s geographical location, the scenario of the outbreak reaching the country “seems remote” but measures still need to be taken.

“These measures limit the exit or entry into the country of people who may come from China,” because there is also suspension of exits in China, she added.

On Friday, the Mozambican Ministry of Health (Misau) announced that it will interview travellers from China on arrival in Mozambique, namely at Maputo international airport.

Khida said on Tuesday that there were no reported cases of Mozambicans in China who have been victims of the new coronavirus.

The most recent balance from the Chinese authorities reports 106 deaths, all in China, and more than 4,5000 people infected, mainly in the city of Wuhan.

In addition to the mainland of China, cases of infection with the new coronavirus have also been reported in Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Singapore, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, France, Germany, Australia and Canada.

The Chinese authorities have admitted that the ability of the virus to spread has increased.

Infected persons may transmit the disease during the incubation period, which takes between one day and two weeks, without the virus being detected.