Mozambique eases COVID-19 restrictions

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A health worker collects blood sample for COVID-19 antibody test in Maputo, Mozambique on Aug. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Israel Zefanias)
A health worker collects blood samples for the COVID-19 antibody test in Maputo, Mozambique on Aug. 3, 2020. /Xinhua

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, including the resumption of pre-school education and the opening of theaters, cinemas, museums and gyms at one-third capacity.

The new decree will be in force as of Friday for 30 days.

In his televised speech to the nation on Thursday night, Nyusi said the new changes were made to achieve a gradual balance between public health and economy and to recognize the collective efforts of the people.

“The country has passed the peak of the third wave. Although it is not evaluated in the same way for the whole country, it is imperative to delay a potential fourth wave,” he said.

“After hearing the Technical-Scientific Commission, we decided to authorize the resumption of pre-school education throughout the national territory, and the opening of theaters, cinemas, museums, and gyms. It should not exceed 30 percent of the maximum capacity,” Nyusi said.

Sports training for provincial championships and the admission of audiences at national championship games were also authorized.

Public swimming pools and beaches are to be reopened for recreation until 5:00 p.m. throughout the country, without allowing games or consumption of alcohol.

Nyusi also authorized the opening of places of worship and conferences whose number of participants vary from 50 to 100 people in indoor and open spaces.

He said that the improved epidemiological situation results not only from preventive measures but also from the introduction of vaccines.

The national vaccination campaign has so far reached 10 percent of the target population (about 1.7 million people), according to the president.

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