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29 Jan 2020 | 02:02 PM UTC

Mozambique: Government suspends visa on arrival program for Chinese nationals January 28

Mozambique News Alert

Government suspends visa on arrival program for Chinese nationals January 28; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 2/12/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Maputo). COUNTRY/REGION Mozambique

Event

The Mozambican government announced on Tuesday, January 28, that it would suspend its visa upon arrival program for Chinese travelers due to health concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that originated in Wuhan (Hubei province). Officials added that visas for Mozambicans wishing to travel to China would also be suspended. To date, no confirmed cases have been reported in Mozambique.

Further spread of the illness is possible over the near term.

Context

The first case of 2019-nCoV was reported in Wuhan (China) on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market. Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus. At least 132 people have died in China, and an estimated 6057 cases have been confirmed worldwide. As of January 29, cases of the virus have been confirmed in 19 countries and territories outside of China and human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in Germany and in Japan. Virus screening measures are being implemented at airports worldwide. Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Individuals traveling to Mozambique from Asia are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. Individuals are advised to take precautionary measures to reduce their risk of contracting the virus:

  • Avoid all contact with animals (dead or alive); avoid eating animal products that are undercooked; avoid all markets where animals are sold
  • Avoid all close contact with people displaying symptoms of the disease (e.g. difficulties breathing)
  • Frequently wash hands, wear a face mask
  • Individuals within China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to seek medical attention, avoid contact with other people, and wash hands regularly
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments
  • Travelers returning from China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid spread of the disease

 

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