The Senegalese government announced that both the state of emergency and the nightly curfew, which were imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will be lifted at 23:00 (local time) on Tuesday, July 30. The government also stated that Senegal will open its borders to international flights under certain conditions from July 15; however, the country's land and sea borders will remain closed.
The Senegalese government had relaxed the nationwide nighttime curfew and lifted restrictions on inter-regional travel following two nights of protests against the restrictions in Dakar and Touba (Diourbel region) on June 3 and June 2 respectively. The nightly curfew currently occurs between 23:00 and 05:00. Restaurants and gyms have reopened but must follow social distancing measures. Bars and beaches remain closed, and wearing a mask in public remains compulsory.
On May 11, mosques and churches were allowed to reopen, and markets and businesses that are subject to specific opening days are allowed to operate for six days a week and must close for one day to clean the premises.
As of Monday, June 29, authorities have confirmed 6698 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 108 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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