Mozambique declares state of emergency for April, travel restrictions

Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, on Monday declared a state of emergency in the country for the month of April, imposing limitations on movements within the country and border entries, among other measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

In a statement, the head of state listed the measures to be applied, among them restrictions on “internal movement of people anywhere in the national territory”.

He noted that these measures are at “level 3”, that is below the “level 4” already in force in some other countries in the region, such as the curfew in place since Friday in South Africa.

The statement does not go into detail on how restrictions on people’s movement will be enforced. Nyusi said only that the government, through the cabinet, will announce further details.

The declaration of a state of emergency, which has yet to be approved by parliament, includes a ban on all types of public or private events “except for unavoidable state issues” and the closure of non-essential shops or, where applicable, their reduction in activity.

The new coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic has already infected more than 727,000 people worldwide, of whom nearly 35,000 have died. Of the cases of infection, at least 142,300 are considered to have been cured.

Since the outbreak began in China in December, it has spread worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic situation.

According to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of the African Union (CDC Africa), at least 152 people have died and 4,871 people have become infected in the continent.