Mozambique ID card production delayed by Covid-19

10/09/20

Mozambique's National Civil Identification Directorate (DNIC) has had to close its ID card factory in Maputo for a week due to a case of Covid-19.

DNIC spokesperson Alberto Sumbane told a press conference on Tuesday that all workers in the factory have now been tested for the disease, and the premises disinfected, reported local media.

"All the staff who work directly with the infected person are in quarantine", said Sumbane, reported All Africa

"Nobody has shown any symptoms of the disease, but they must be tested so that we know the Covid-19 status of all the staff".

The factory premises will re-open on Wednesday, he promised, "after complying with all the recommendations from the health authorities".

Sumbane insisted that the closure of the factory will not cause any problems in the production of identity cards because it never reached its maximum capacity of 15,000 cards a day. "With the re-opening on Wednesday, we will be able to meet the demand", he pledged.

Last week, the DNIC received requests for only 14,698 identity cards (which was an increase of 70 per cent on the previous week).

 

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