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Wed, 06 May 2020 09:51 - Updated Wed, 06 May 2020 09:50

Covid-19: Crimes drop in State of Emergency

Luanda - Angola has seen a decrease in crime rate in the first 30 days of State of Emergency (March 27 to April 25), said Tuesday the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Waldemar José.

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Waldemar José, national police spokesperson

Photo: Gaspar dos Santos

Waldemar José pointed to drop, mainly in violent actions, such as homicides (60 fewer cases) and firearm offences (122 fewer), compared to the previous period.

Releasing the data from Defence and National Security forces, the official also pointed to the reduction of 379 fewer assaults, but he did not make any comparison.

The deputy commissioner, who was presenting the usual covid-19 update in Angola, appealed, mainly to public office holders, for full compliance with all legal provisions put in place in the third period of the State of Emergency.

"All entities that enjoy immunities (number not exceeding three thousand citizens) must be exemplary, complying with legal provisions, especially in this phase of health emergency, because nobody is immune to this pandemic", he stressed.

Scores have been detained across the country for violating the rules of the State of Emergency.

Decreed on 25 March by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, the State of Emergency came in force from 27 March to 10 April, having been extended to the period running from 11 to 25 April.

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