Maputo — In Mozambique, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown at least 39,500 workers out of their jobs, according to Labour and Social Security Minister Margarida Talapa.
Speaking on Thursday in the northern city of Nampula, Talapa said these redundancies resulted from the closure, suspension or reduction of labour in 1,150 enterprises across the country.
Talapa did not like what she observed on the streets of Nampula, where many citizens are failing to wear masks and are oblivious to the need for social distancing.
She appealed to workers and employers to act as social mobilisers to prevent any further spread of Covid-19.
Talapa also offered the Secretary of State for Nampula, Mety Gondola, 15,000 face masks, and assorted hygiene and cleaning material
"This is just a small contribution", she said.