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01 Jun 2020 | 01:59 PM UTC

Madagascar: Authorities announce extension to state of emergency until June 15 /update 9

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Malagasy authorities announce an extension to the state of emergency until June 15; further spread of the virus expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/16/2020, 11:59 PM (Indian/Antananarivo). COUNTRY/REGION Madagascar

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Event

Malagasy authorities have announced that the state of emergency, originally due to expire on May 17, will be extended through June 15 to curb further the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Measures have been reinforced in the Atsinanana region, with both entry and exit into the region being prohibited. Entry/exit restrictions also remain in place for Analamanga, Haute Matsiatra, and Alaotra Mangoro. A nationwide curfew between 21:00 to 04:00 (local time) remains in place.

In the capital, Antananarivo, some measures have been eased, including allowing shops to remain open until 15:00 instead of 13:00.

As of Monday, June 1, there are 771 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, including six associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in 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, 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.

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 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 your 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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