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25 Aug 2020 | 04:43 PM UTC

Guinea-Bissau: COVID-19 state of emergency extended until September 8 /update 8

Guinea-Bissau News Alert

Guinea-Bissau government extends COVID-19 state of emergency by two weeks until September 8; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bissau). COUNTRY/REGION Guinea-Bissau

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Event

Guinea-Bissau's President Umaro Sissoco Embalo announced on Monday, August 24, that the country's state of emergency, implemented due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, has been extended by two weeks until September 8. Although the state of emergency has been repeatedly extended in recent months, the government has been gradually easing COVID-19-related restrictions since June, including lifting the 20:00-06:00 (local time) curfew. A ban on international flights was also lifted at the beginning of August, although commercial flight options remain limited. All travelers arriving in the country are required to self-isolate for a period of fourteen days at a declared location.

Other COVID-19 measures, including the mandatory use of face masks in public places, remain in effect, whilst schools, bars, and restaurants remain closed.

As of Tuesday, August 25, there have been 2149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guinea-Bissau and 33 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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 disease.

 

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