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02 Dec 2020 | 12:51 AM UTC

Micronesia: Authorities extend state of emergency through January 31 /update 1

Federated States of Micronesia News Alert

Authorities extend state of emergency through January 31; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/2/2020, 12:00 AM until 1/31/2021, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Nauru). COUNTRY/REGION Federated States of Micronesia

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Event

Micronesian authorities announced that the current state of emergency has been extended until at least January 31, 2021, due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the state of emergency, all flight operations remain suspended, with the exception of cargo flights, while entry into the country remains very limited. Individuals permitted entry will be subject to a 21-day quarantine at a designated facility. All outbound restrictions have been lifted.

As of Tuesday, December 1, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over 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) labeled the outbreak as 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 non-essential 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 virus.

 

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