The Government of Eswatini has warned citizens on cross-border travels and other related issues following the declaration of Corona virus known as COVID –19 as a national emergency.
The warning was made in a Ministerial statement released by the country’s Honorable Minister for Home Affairs, Princess Lindiwe on Friday.
The statement provides guidance on measures to be taken on cross-border travel, holidays & other issues addressed to guide citizens and individuals.
It was released in response to the declaration of COVID-19 as nation emergency by the King, King Mswati III on Tuesday.
Citizens are called to suspend all combined Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, also private/public gatherings are not to exceed 50 people as well as cancelation of the kings 52nd birthday celebration.
On cross border travels, the statement reads that its borders with South Africa remains closed and there are restricted entry to the kingdom, “Emaswati and residents of the country are also discouraged to visit the countries identified as high risk”. Also visa to citizens of high risk countries are also considered revoked.
Meanwhile, the ministry is to create, help manage and provide sanitization items, education and programs to help refugees and Staff during the period.
However, the statement made available on the country’s official government twitter handle has attracted likes and comments, some of which request the government to reveal its plans rather than tell citizens what to do.
— Eswatini Government (@EswatiniGovern1) March 19, 2020