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As of May 16, the government in Angola declared the COVID disaster situation to be over. Changes to COVID measures include the removal of masks in public places and the waiver of testing of passengers in transit.

The Angolan government proclaimed the national calamity over on May 14. On the same date it was announced the public disaster caused by Covid-19 to be over. New guidelines for administrative treatment of the pandemic crisis, were announced which will begin on May 16.

The motion was announced 44 days after the previous update of the pandemic combat measures by Francisco Furtado, Minister of State and Head of the President of the Republic’s Security House.

“Despite the fact that the SARS-COVID-2 virus continues to circulate in the population, the situation is under control,” the President stated, “Now we need to maintain surveillance in the face of the advent of new mutations in South Africa, Portugal, and Asia.”

Angola has been free of Covid-related death for more than 70 days, according to Minister of Health Slvia Lutucuta. Sadly, however the transmissibility has increased in recent days. For the whole of the pandemic there were 99,481 instances of COVID infections in Angola, 97,507 of which have recovered and 1,900 of which have died. Today just 74 cases remain open. These patients are cared for in hospitals.

The Angolan government has decided that masks are no longer required in public areas. According to the new legislation, all businesses, both private and public, have a general obligation to safeguard public health and must implement biosecurity requirements. Masks are required only at public events and restricted public access zones, not in open places.

Vaccinations are advised for all residents beginning at the age of 12, and those above the age of 18 must present a certificate to get entry to certain sites. A test can be taken up to 48 hours before the certificate expires.

In terms of border health, entrance into the country needs a negative SARS-COVID-2 virus pre-boarding test within 72 hours of departure, as well as a post-landing antigen tests.

Passengers arriving in Luanda will no longer be charged for Covid-19 testing at the airport. This expense will be covered by the Angolan government. The testing charges used to be an issue for travelers to the country.

Immunization at land borders will be compulsory in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 from neighboring countries, namely the Democratic Republic of Congo.

General Francisco Furtado cautioned of “misconduct” on the part of persons who have not received the vaccine but have provided vaccination certificates to other residents in order to get entry to specific areas, noting that they must be accompanied by a personal identity document.

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