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25 May 2020 | 03:20 PM UTC

Yemen: Authorities impose curfew and other restrictions in Marib province May 24 /update 8

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Authorities in Marib province indefinitely close entry points and impose curfew to prevent spread of COVID-19 from May 24; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Yemen, Ma’rib (Ma’rib province)

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Regional authorities in Yemen's Marib province closed all entry points to the province and imposed a curfew between the hours of 18:00 and 05:00 (local time) from Sunday, May 24, until further notice as part of further restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have also extended the province's ban on gatherings, which includes the closure of markets and a prohibition on prayers in mosques. A list of hotels approved as quarantine locations by the national coronavirus committee has also been released.

Despite attempts to coordinate a ceasefire, the ongoing conflict in Yemen has led to a disjointed response to the COIVD-19 pandemic, with restrictions varying amongst areas controlled by the various fighting factions. Restrictions have also hampered the provision of humanitarian aid to areas in need. The Saudi-led coalition announced a unilateral ceasefire from Thursday, April 9, on the grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Authorities closed the al-Wadia border crossing, the country's only remaining border crossing with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, April 8.

On Monday, May 11, authorities in Yemen warned of rampant transmission of COVID-19 in Aden and banned movement to and from the city, with the exception of the transport of goods. This follows a three-day, 24-hour curfew in Aden on Wednesday, April 29, after five cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the city on the same day. Congregational prayers in Aden are also suspended until further notice.

As of Monday, May 25, there have been 222 reported cases of COVID-19 nationwide, including 42 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over 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 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.


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 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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