Mozambique reinforces COVID-19 health protocols at border crossings with South Africa





A health worker takes a blood sample for a COVID-19 antibody test in Maputo, Mozambique, Aug. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Israel Zefanias)
A health worker takes a blood sample for a COVID-19 antibody test in Maputo, Mozambique. /Xinhua

Mozambique has reinforced the health protocol against COVID-19 at its main border crossing points with South Africa due to the recent increase in infections in the neighboring country, health authorities announced on Tuesday.

Health teams are positioned at crossing points to verify COVID-19 test results and ensure compliance with preventive measures among travelers entering Mozambique, Maputo Province Health Director Yolanda Santos said.

Health units have also stepped up surveillance, aimed at identifying and controlling any respiratory disease, said the director, whose province holds the biggest crossing point with South Africa.

Health Minister Armindo Tiago last week admitted the possibility of a huge increase in COVID-19 cases in the country soon due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in South Africa. Health authorities expect new infections to be characterized by mild cases, given that 91.4 percent of the country’s target population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.






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