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Mozambique lifts state of emergency

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Mozambique has lifted the state of emergency to the spread of coronavirus on Sunday, President Filipe Nyusi said in a televised national address on Friday.

Nyusi said the state of emergency would end Sunday night as infections have not increased much compared to neighboring countries in the region with South Africa topping the list in the continent.

“We are proud of the measures we have taken that have allowed the spread of the disease to be contained,” said President Nyusi.

It will also re-open its borders on Monday allowing international flights. The tourism industry will be revived as beaches will also re-open while religious gatherings of up to 250 people will be allowed. There are 4,265 infections in the country including 26 deaths, which is much lower than neighboring South Africa which has topped 635,000 infections countrywide.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Mozambique remains in the top 15 of the fastest growing economies this year, and is expected to grow by almost 5% next year. Its economy is set to be one of the world’s most dynamic in the coming few years.

South Africa ranks sixth in the World and with the most COVID cases on the continent. Its current statistics sits at around 635,000 infections of which a record 2000 cases were reported in 24 hours.

According to statistics given by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 1,275,815 confirmed infections on the African continent and 1,015,865 recoveries.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News

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