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15 May 2020 | 04:17 AM UTC

Angola: Luanda suburb placed on lockdown May 13 /update 8

Angola News Alert

Authorities isolate the Hoji Ya Henda suburb of Luanda on May 13 after COVID-19 cases were recorded in the area; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/25/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Luanda). COUNTRY/REGION Angola

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Event

Angolan authorities placed the Hoji Ya Henda suburb of Luanda on lockdown on Wednesday, May 13, after a number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were confirmed in the neighborhood. The new measures come as the government started to relax COVID-19 restrictions from Monday, May 11. Security forces have been deployed to the neighborhood and around 3000 residents will reportedly be tested for the virus.

Under the relaxed restrictions, markets and street vendors in Luanda may operate from 06:00 until 14:00 (local time) from Tuesday to Saturday. Public transportation services will run from 05:00 to 18:00 at 50 percent of seating capacity. Civil services can operate daily between 08:00 and 18:00 at 50 percent staff. A state of emergency remains in place until Monday, May 25.

Establishments including schools, restaurants, bars, libraries, leisure facilities, and places of worship remain closed. Mandatory quarantine measures and compulsory COVID-19 testing remains in place and individuals will be required to wear face masks in public areas and on public transportation.

All international flights to and from Angola have been suspended indefinitely since March 20.

As of Thursday, May 14, 48 cases of COVID-19 and two fatalities have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.

Context

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). 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 quarantining 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.

Advice

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

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or 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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