Angolans approve of government’s pandemic response
Angola reported its first COVID-19 case on 21 March 2020, and has since recorded 105,095 cases and 1,930 deaths due to the virus (World Health Organization, 2023). The government’s efforts to contain the pandemic included restricting entry into Angola by people from countries with high rates of COVID-19 infection and declaring states of emergency and calamity with partial lockdowns. Security forces charged with enforcing lockdown restrictions were accused of numerous human rights abuses, including killings and arbitrary arrests (Human Rights Watch, 2020). The case of Silvio Dala, a young doctor who died in police custody after being stopped for not wearing a mask in his car, led to widespread protests against police violence (Hossi & Anderson, 2020).