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12 mars 2020 | 01h17 UTC

El Salvador: Nationwide quarantine declared on March 11 /update 3

El Salvador Alerte de sécurité

President Nayib Bukele declares a 30-day nationwide quarantine on March 11 due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; foreigners banned entry for 21 days

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/3/2020, 12h00 until 1/4/2020, 11h59 (America/El_Salvador). COUNTRY/REGION El Salvador

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Event

The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, declared a 30-day nationwide quarantine on Wednesday, March 11, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All private and public schools have been canceled for 21 days from March 11, and gatherings of more than 500 people are also prohibited. The government is also banning all foreign nationals from entering the country for the next 21 days. Salvadorian citizens and accredited diplomats will be allowed to enter El Salvador but will be subject to a 30-day quarantine period. Additional restrictions may be put in place over the coming days and weeks.

As of March 11, no cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in El Salvador. Further international spread of COVID-19 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 (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.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

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 flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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