The Angolan Minister of Health admitted this Sunday that the government will take more measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 next week and admitted to suspending the resumption of classes scheduled for July 13.
“We are making a thorough assessment of the current measures and we may probably have to take others to control this chain of transmission,” said Silvia Lutucuta during a press conference in Luanda “, expressing concern about the high” default “of the citizens.
Angola today announced its 353rd case of infection, having registered a rapid increase in the number of infected in the last four weeks.
Restaurant hours, but also outdoor physical exercise practices may have more restrictions, he admitted, indicating that “legal measures” will be taken next week to demote certain practices, without specifying which ones.
As for the education sector that “is doing its homework”, it may also come down with regard to the resumption of teaching activities. “As we said, we are going to back off on some things and this is probably one of them,” said Silvia Lutucuta, stressing that the objective is to cut the transmission chain and continue to protect Angolans.
Classes in general and university education in Angola were suspended in March, before the Angolan President, João Lourenço, declared a state of emergency, which took place between March 27 and May 25, and the calamity situation followed on May 26 public.
The decree that determines public calamity foresees the resumption of activity in higher education and in the second cycle of secondary education as of July 13, although “dependent on the evolution of the epidemiological situation”.
The Health Minister also did not exclude the possibility of building a sanitary fence in the province of Cuanza Norte, which is alongside Luanda, the epicenter of the epidemic, the only Angolan province with cases of covid-19.
Silvia Lutucuta also assumed that the government is “concerned with the high mortality” that is registered in the country (19 deaths), but guaranteed that “all technical capacity” is met and “what is established in international protocols” is being fulfilled ” .
He added, on the other hand, that many patients have associated comorbidities and arrive at hospitals already with respiratory stops, in critical condition or even dead. But “we have critically ill patients who were ventilated and recovered”, he added.
Silvia Lutucuta also indicated that the government has created good conditions for internment and that the capacity is not exceeded. “The field hospital in the Special Economic Zone is not full, has a capacity of 500 beds and we have a total of 353 cases,” he exemplified, adding that there are more places of hospitalization.
The minister also pointed out that the capacity for testing has increased, so there will be “greater turnover in institutional quarantines”, to which travelers and suspected cases are subjected.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 530,000 deaths and infected more than 11.2 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
In Africa, there are 11,086 confirmed deaths in more than 463,000 infected in 54 countries, according to the most recent statistics on the pandemic in that continent.
Among African countries that have Portuguese as their official language, Equatorial Guinea leads in number of infections and deaths (3,071 cases and 51 deaths), followed by Guinea-Bissau (1,765 cases and 25 deaths), Cape Verde (1,451 cases and 17 dead), Mozambique (987 cases and eight dead), São Tomé and Príncipe (719 cases and 13 dead) and Angola (353 infected and 19 dead).