Eswatini gradually eases partial lockdown

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Eswatini has announced that it will gradually ease the partial lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which was initially introduced on March 27, 2020 and extended for another three weeks on 15 April 2020, from 08 May 2020.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini who added that the partial lifting of the lockdown did not mean that it was free for all, as many sectors of the economy remained closed unless stated.

“Six weeks ago, at the counsel of His Majesty King Mswati III, Eswatini joined the rest of the world in introducing a partial lockdown, the main goal being to defer the epidemic peak and to give our health system time to put in place measures to flatten the curve and create capacity to manage a surge in positive COVID-19 cases,” said Dlamini.

He added that it was crucial to open up the economy to allow for restricted business activity.

“It has therefore pleased His Majesty’s Government to announce that from Friday May 8, 2020, the country is embarking on a process of gradually easing the partial lockdown on the economy,” said the Prime Minister.

The country will allow the gradual opening of selected businesses with public transport operating at 70% capacity in a controlled manner and time, passengers wearing masks.

Social events, sports, entertainment activities and gatherings remain banned until further notice.

Schools will also remain closed.

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