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24 Jun 2020 | 08:55 PM UTC

Sierra Leone: Authorities announce easing of some COVID-19 measures June 23 /update 10

Sierra Leone News Alert

Sierra Leonean authorities announce further easing of some COVID-19 restrictions on June 23; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/6/2021, 11:59 PM (Africa/Freetown). COUNTRY/REGION Sierra Leone

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Event

Sierra Leone's President, Julius Maada Bio, announced on Tuesday, June 23, the lifting of some of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures across the country. The current ban on inter-district travel has been removed, and commercial flights are scheduled to resume shortly. Bio further announced that under the new restrictions the daily nationwide overnight curfew has been adjusted to 23:00 - 06:00 (local time).

Places of worship and schools and universities remain closed, while public gatherings of over 100 people are also prohibited.

As of Wednesday, June 24, health authorities have confirmed 1347 COVID-19 cases and 55 associated deaths in Sierra Leone. Further spread of the virus is 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 (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 COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored 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 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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