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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.

The American special operations forces have announced plans to spend two months training troops in Mozambique to try to prevent the spread of Islamist militant violence in the north of the country.

Mozambique has turned to private military companies but rights groups have accused mercenaries and government forces of abuses, including shooting civilians.

Insurgents have staged regular attacks in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since 2017, leaving at least 2,500 people dead and half a million displaced.

The US embassy said the training program would prioritize civilian protection, human rights, and community involvement to help combat what it called Islamic State in Mozambique.

The Mozambique government has announced plans to begin a countrywide vaccination campaign against Covid-19 starting today.

Health workers will be the first to be vaccinated because of their high exposure to infection during work.

The Ministry of Health says it has distributed 121,530 vaccine doses to the provinces, out of the 200,000 doses that the country received from China last month.

The country expects to receive an additional 484,000 vaccine doses on Monday. These include 384,000 from the Covax initiative and 100,000 of the Covishield vaccine donated by India.

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.

Mozambique’s newly appointed head of the military, Eugénio Ussene Mussa, died as a result of the deadly coronavirus on Monday.

It was gathered that he died while undergoing treatment at Mozambique’s biggest health facility, the Maputo Central Hospital.

This happened less than a month after he took office, as he was sworn in as chief of the general staff on 20 January.

Prior to the post, he was in charge of operations at the so-called Northern Theatre of Operations, whose mission was to combat Islamist militants in the gas-rich province of Cabo Delgado.

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.

The Mozambique government has announced the lift on the ban on foreign travel that was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the ministry stated that Mozambicans can now leave and enter the country without authorization from the interior minister. 

Foreigners can also leave and enter the country provided they have a valid work visa, valid resident’s permit, visa, or ID.

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.

The Mozambique government has disclosed the killing of 78 Islamist insurgents in a fight with security forces over the past few days.

Reports have it that the army launched an offensive after the jihadists seized Macomia in the north of the country. This is said to be the third town the militants invaded in recent months.

Defence Minister Jaime Neto revealed that two ringleaders were killed, and identified both as Tanzanians.

However, there has been no word so far on civilian or military deaths.

Six police officers have been  arraigned in Mozambique over a poll observers murder. 

The police officers who were said to be members of Mozambique’s elite police unit are on trial for the murder of a well-known election observer.

The deceased, Anastacio Matavele was shot dead in his car in the city of Xai-Xai just before the elections last year.

The suspected involvement of the police came to light after the alleged attackers had a car crash as they fled the scene.

Four police officers have confessed to been part Of the murder. The alleged ringleader is said to be on the run.