With three confirmed cases of COVID-19, Angola is part of the more than 40 African countries that have already registered the presence of the disease.
On March 18, an inter-ministerial commission was created to combat the advance of the pandemic in the country. The Ministry of Health confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 on March 21.
Angola has closed air, land and sea borders to the movement of people since midnight on March 20, but some flights are authorized to transport Angolan citizens back to the country.
The Government established isolation centers around Luanda, the country's capital, to house repatriated Angolans. A Lisbon flight carried about 200 passengers on March 21,
Many passengers were not treated the same. For example, Célio Alberto told the Maka Angola portal that the authorities divided passengers differently for the quarantine:
We also know which are the selection criteria, the authorities who are following the passages that are for the five-star Vitória Garden hotel and those that are sent for the Quarentena no Calumbo Center.
Without knowing what the selection criteria were, the authorities chose the passengers who went to the hotel five Estrela Vitória Garden and those who went to the Quarantine Center in Calumbo.
Passengers assigned to the Nova Esperança Children's Development Center, Viana municipality, had to wait for more than three hours in cars before entering the isolation center.
Passengers who went to the Caumbo quarantine center went through something similar, until they had to sleep in the vehicle before entering the center. The Maka Angola portal tells the story:
Manuela Silva recounted, indignantly, a day from the airport to the local quarentena, where she chegaram by volta das 22:00 No suit, as sirens and batsmen, to passageira he affirms that they have been stoned on the road as assassins, as being to trace or viruses to kill the Angolans. Only at 2:00 a.m. in the morning we will find some individuals not identified, we will begin the assembly of individual beds and the rooms in the Development Center.
We find the mattresses ao relento, all empowered and the rooms never before inhabited, in very bad conditions. As banho houses nem dry tinham toilet paper. A doctor who was at the service provided to go to meet the needs not capim. Nem allowed us to ask him as as mulheres or fariam no meio dos homens.
To [airline] TAAG ligou-nos because there was an emergency to transport relatives of ministers and other leaders and we could take advantage. No one informed us that we would be subject to these degrading conditions. Muitos teriam preferred ficar em Lisboa.
Manuela Silva recounted, indignantly, the journey from the airport to the quarantine premises, which they arrived at around 22:00. Along the way, with sirens and escorts to make way for them, the passenger claims that they were stoned in the street like assassins, as if we brought the virus to kill the Angolans. At 02:00 in the morning some unidentified people arrived, who began to put together single beds and bunk beds in the rooms of the Development Center.
We found the mattresses out in the open, all full of dust, the rooms had never been occupied before, in terrible condition. The bathrooms didn't even have toilet paper. A doctor on duty told us to go to the lawn to relieve themselves. Nor did he allow us to ask him how women would do in the midst of men.
The [airline] TAAG called us because there was an emergency flight to transport relatives of ministers and other leaders and we could take advantage of it. No one did not report that we would be subject to these degrading conditions. Many would have preferred to stay in Lisbon.
That same day, another flight arrived from the city of Porto, the most affected by the new coronavirus in Portugal. According to Célio Alberto, also in statements for Maka Angola, a classification of the passengers was not made:
Misturaram-nos all, you passageiros do Porto and Lisbon. There was no room for us to be separated. We are agglomerated and have not been given any information before we establish any control procedures. We will measure just at chegada temperature, nothing more.
They mixed us all, passengers from Porto and Lisbon. There was no space or conditions to be separated. We were crowded together and there was no one to give us information or establish control procedures. They hardly took our temperature upon arrival, nothing more.
Relatives of the internees began to bring food to the inmates due to the State's inability to provide sufficient food.
After various criticisms in the press and on social media. The Civil House of the President of the Republic appointed General Pedro Sebastião, Minister of State and head of the Security House of the President of the Republic, to coordinate the inter-ministerial commission for the Management of Measures Against Expansion of COVID-19, which guarantees that passengers will be accommodated in houses in better conditions:
We are grateful to two of you for all the hair that has been broken. The Executive is engaged in this process with all the nonsense fará to safeguard the public health or the greater life of all Angolans.
We appreciate the understanding of citizens for the inconveniences that have occurred. The Executive is committed to this process and everything will be done with the intention of safeguarding public health and the common good, the life of all Angolans.
In this regard, university professor Gabriel Tchingandu expressed on his Facebook profile that he feels that information is missing from the media:
However, there is a lack of information on or COVID-19 in Angola. He was the director of a radio or TV in Angola, suspending all normal programming. She would set up a chain of reporters at the entrance to the Calumbo quarentena center and another entrance to the Barra do Kwanza center. Outra troop of daily workers through two hospitals and clinics assisting cases.
Outra tena of ficava day laborers mounted in the headquarters of the Comissão Inter-sectorial do Governo. It was not a study, the different health specialists, commentators and authorities used arguments as a focus for Angola.
Other daily reporters in different streets of the Fariam stories of testemunhas with interest in the Covid-19 case. A fact and credit coverage would be “no stop” in 24 hours. The daily reporters in this special coverage have their duplicate salaries.
Assim would assist combatants or coronaviruses in Angola, also increasing to audiência da minha TV / rádio
I feel that a lot of information is missing about COVID-19 in Angola. If I were director of a radio or television station in Angola, I would suspend all normal programming on the medium. Set up a reporters store at the entrance to the Calumbo quarantine center and another at the entrance to the Barra do Kwanza center. Another group of journalists in front of the doors of hospitals and clinics dealing with cases [from COVID-19].
Another group of journalists would be mounted at the headquarters of the Government's Intersectoral Commission. In the study, the different health specialists, commentators and authorities would give their opinions with their attention focused on Angola.
Other journalists on different streets of the cities would present eyewitness accounts with interest in the COVID-19 case. The coverage of facts and sayings would be “uninterrupted” for 24 hours. The salaries of journalists in this special coverage would be doubled.
This would help combat the coronavirus in Angola, which would also increase the audience of my television or radio network.
Journalist André Mfumu Kivuandinga maintains that the quarantined citizens were without food and that they did not know where their luggage was:
Second reports just from me serem feitas by an Angolan, cujo nome irei omitir, which is located in the Center of Quarentena, in Calumbo, Viana, Luanda, from 1 hours a day early that will eat at agora estão sem alimentação, também não saberm o paradeiro you give your bagagens.
Attach here nenhum responsável do Governo ou da multissetorial commission you foi visit, or cidadão em case é hypertenso ”
According to complaints that an Angolan, whose name I will omit, has just sent me, who is in the Calumbo Quarantine Center, Viana, Luanda, since 01:00 in the morning who have not eaten, and who do not know where he is your luggage.
No person in charge of the Government or the multisectoral commission has arrived, the citizens are very tense ”.
Carlos Pinho, a young political commentator, published a video on his Facebook profile with the outrage of the passengers, still at the airport since February 4.
Screaming competition. More finally, when we will have a serious government. He said that he was a phallus: dignity.
Total incompetence. But when will we have a government seriously? This is what I mean: dignity.
After the declaration of the state of emergency for fifteen days, another greater one is precisely the applicability of measures such as the total confinement of the population, as the communicator and commentator Víctor Mendes shows:
Decree a state of emergency and closure of all public functionalism and that I have been failing for a week. Date to avoid or bad maior.
England and the United States entered the lockdown briefly. Foi esse or erro that Itália made.
But we are still in a big dilemma. Sim ou não?
O nosso governo never prepared for a dinner like this. We will not be able to date, we will also be able to pay dearly for what we did not care for. Lifetime.
Decreeing a state of emergency and confinement of all public functions is what I have been saying for a week. Close to avoid the greater evil.
England and the United States are soon in isolation. That was the mistake that Italy made.
We are facing a great dilemma. Yes or no?
Our government never prepared for a scenario like this. For not closing we could also pay very expensive and with what is priceless: life.