Number of ships in Cape Verde's ports halved in April

With the declaration of a state of emergency in Cape Verde, which came into force on March 29 and lasted for almost the entire month of April, air and sea connections between the nine inhabited islands of the archipelago were suspended.

The movement of ships in Cape Verdean ports fell by half in April, to 313 port calls, due to the limitations imposed by the Government to stop the spread of covid-19, according to data from the company Enapor consulted this Friday by Lusa.

With the declaration of the state of emergency in Cape Verde, which came into force on March 29 and lasted for almost the entire month of April, air and sea connections between the nine inhabited islands of the archipelago were suspended, to stop the pandemic of covid-19.

This prohibition, as determined by the Government, only had exceptions in the transportation of cargo between islands, for sanitary and civil protection purposes, medical evacuations or transportation of seconded technicians for services considered essential.

According to data from Enapor, a Cape Verdean public company responsible for the management of the islands' ports, only 313 ship calls were registered in April, a 51,5% drop compared to March and a 49,7% drop compared to the previous year. same month of 2019.

Despite the general suspension of transport, Enapor registered 629 passengers transported (boarding and disembarking) in April, under the conditions provided for by the state of emergency. This is a drop of more than 99% compared to March and in the same dimension compared to April 2019.

Maritime passenger connections, provided by CV Interilhas, a company 51% owned by the Portuguese company Transinsular, only began to be resumed, progressively, on May 11, involving only the seven islands without active cases of covid-19. The island of Boa Vista, which since Thursday also has no active cases of the disease, and the island of Santiago, with around 250 cases, remain without sea passenger connections.

The decree-law that regulates the state of emergency in Cape Verde provides that civil protection services and security forces “proceed, respectively, to the authorization and control of all who can travel” under the permitted conditions.

Freight traffic by sea, between the Cape Verde islands, was the least affected in April, totaling 161.700 tons, a drop of 33,2% compared to 2019 and 18,6% compared to the previous month.

Cape Verde has recorded an accumulation of 356 cases of covid-19 since March 19, three deaths and 95 recovered patients.

The 256 cases still active are limited to the island of Santiago (essentially in the city of Praia), the only one that remains, at least until 24:00 on May 29, in a state of emergency, to contain the transmission.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330 deaths and infected more than five million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1,8 million patients were considered cured.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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