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16 Jul 2020 | 04:43 PM UTC

Moldova: State of public health emergency extended until July 31 /update 4

Moldova News Alert

Authorities extend state of public health emergency until July 31, amid COVID-19 pandemic; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Chisinau). COUNTRY/REGION Moldova

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Event

On Wednesday, July 15, the Moldovan National Public Health Emergency Commission announced that the current state of public health emergency has been extended until at least July 31, due to the ongoing global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the restrictions of the state of public health emergency, foreign travelers are prohibited from entering the country, although some exceptions apply.

Additionally, the mandatory use of face masks on public transport and in commercial and closed public areas remains in place, while additional restrictions apply for outdoor spaces including playgrounds, stadiums, and parks.

As of Thursday, July 16, health authorities have confirmed 20,040 COVID-19 cases with 662 associated deaths in the country. 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) labelled the outbreak as 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 risk of COVID-19 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 virus.

 

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