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Screen grab: President Filipe Nyusi on Facebook
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi this Wednesday reduced the mandatory home quarantine for Covid-19 cases, as well as isolation of contacts, from 14 days to seven.
The measure was announced during an address to the nation easing some Covid-19 restrictions.
Among the other measures announced are the reopening of beaches and the resumption of unrestricted commercial establishment operating hours..
The peak of the fourth wave associated with the Omicron variant seems to be over, with the number of deaths and hospitalisations below that recorded in other phases of the pandemic, the head of state said, while still recommending caution.
“It’s not yet time to let our guard down,” President Nyusi said, as the positivity rate still remains above the 20% alert level.
With regard to the opening of the beaches, they can be visited from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., without the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages and without social gatherings taking place.
While stores, restaurants, shopping centres and other establishments return to normal hours, the issuance of licenses for special hours is prohibited for the time being.
Nyusi also announced an easing of restrictions on visits to detainees in prisons and patients admitted to health facilities.
Mozambique had, by Wednesday, recorded a total of 2,140 Covid-19 deaths among 220,908 confirmed cases, of which 88% are deemed fully recovered and 140 hospitalized.
Covid-19 has caused 5,553,124 deaths worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
The new ‘Omicron’ variant, classified as worrying and very contagious by the World Health Organization (WHO), was first detected in South Africa and, since the health authorities there raised the alert in November, has become the dominant variant in many countries.