Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has announced a night-time curfew in all 10 of the country’s provincial capitals for 21 days to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The curfew starts at midnight on Tuesday, the 10:00 to 04:00 curfew will no longer be exclusive to the Greater Maputo metropolitan region.
President Nyusi urged Mozambicans to adhere to the measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus so that life can return to normalcy soon. While adding that the country must protect health professionals more and ease the impact of the third wave of the pandemic, which has been more severe in other countries.
He also mentioned that the second wave of the pandemic had five times more cases, six times more hospitalizations, and seven times more deaths. This was attributed to the new Covid variant.
Attacks by Islamist militants in the Cabo Delgado area of northern Mozambique have declined due to the death of the chief of operations this week.Commander Eugênio Ussene Mussa presumed to have died of Covid-19, but the cause of death was not announced officially.
Jihadists calling themselves al-Shabab have been attacking Cabo Delgado province since 2017, but violence escalated last year. At least 2,500 have been killed and more than half a million people have been displaced over the three-year period.
The government has touted its recent success, especially as it has been dealing with at least 800 strikes by jihadists in the past year alone.
Insurgent activity remained low in Cabo Delgado last week, while actions by government forces and their allies appeared to increase,” Attacks wane, as militants begin to run out of supplies. Government correspondent.
The Prime Minister of Mozambique, Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has revealed that more than 500,000 people have been displaced by the militant Islamist insurgency in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.
The PM told the parliament on Wednesday that the displaced people had sought refuge in the neighboring provinces of Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia, Sofala, and Inhambane.
“The government had activated the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE) to offer humanitarian assistance to the displaced”, he said.
Police force in Mozambique has disclosed the arrest of six religious leaders who tried to get around the coronavirus restrictions by holding services for their followers up in the mountains.
Officials in Milange district close to the border with Malawi say they chose not to hold their services in their normal premises to try to avoid getting caught for breaking the ban on large gatherings.
Mozambique has recorded less than 600 cases of coronavirus and three deaths so far.