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By Naftal Massela Naftal
July 30, 2020 / Salisbury, MO USA

As in most countries in the world, the coronavirus in Mozambique started slowly and with no deaths. With the growing number of infections, the government declared a state of emergency for one month in April, which was extended for one more month on May 1. It was re-extended for thirty more days, from May 31 to June 29, as the numbers of infected continued growing. Currently the country has registered over 1,946 infections, including thirteen deaths. It is not easy to come up with a fixed number of COVID-19 patients, since currently there are new infections registered on a daily basis. Out of this number, 654 have recovered. The government is making all possible efforts to control the spreading of the pandemic.

COVID-19 came to worsen the living conditions of many Mozambicans, especially those living under poverty line. Most families rely on buying and selling goods in order to secure at least one meal per day. Orphans and vulnerable children are part of this population. The stay home order has been a great challenge for many since some prefer to die of coronavirus than starving. Washing hands, using masks in public and social distancing are some of the prevention practices observed to slow down the spread of the virus in the country.

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