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12 May 2020 | 09:49 AM UTC

Guinea-Bissau: Authorities extend state of emergency until May 26 /update 4

Guinea-Bissau News Alert

Authorities extend state of emergency until May 26 due to COVID-19; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bissau). COUNTRY/REGION Guinea-Bissau

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On Monday, May 11, President Umaro Sissoco Embalo announced that the ongoing state of emergency will be extended until Tuesday, May 26, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of Tuesday, May, 12, the nationwide curfew between 17:00 and 06:00 (local time) remains effective. Individuals wishing to leave their homes for essential goods and services are allowed to do so between 07:00 and 14:00 (local time). The country's borders, places of worships, educational facilities, as well as restaurants and bars are to remain closed for the duration of the state of emergency.

As of May 12, there are 761 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three related deaths nationwide. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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