Mozambique probes fake COVID-19 medical certificate racket

APA-Maputo (Mozambique)

Mozambican authorities have opened a probe into allegations that some people are selling fake COVID-19 certificates to enable travellers to cross the country’s border with South Africa, APA learnt here on Wednesday.

Maputo provincial health director Daniel Chemane said his office had received information that some individuals were selling fake negative COVID-19 results near Ressano Garcia border post to people wanting to travel to South Africa.

“We will work on ways of identification and authentication to make the test results more reliable,” Chemane told Radio Mozambique.

Both Mozambique and South Africa require that visitors from other countries present medical certificates showing that they are free from coronavirus. The certificates should have been taken within 72 hours of travel.

Chemane said the Mozambican authorities would work towards ensuring that there is a “more controllable or verifiable” document for COVID-19 test results.

Ressano Garcia border post border has been a hive of activities since October 1 when South Africa reopened most of its borders following the easing if COVID-19 restrictions.


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