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06 mai 2020 | 03h57 UTC

Mayotte: Authorities extend COVID-19 restrictions on May 5 /update 2

Mayotte Alerte de sécurité

Mayotte authorities announce the extension of COVID-19 restrictions as of May 5 to curb the spread of COVID-19; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/5/2020, 12h00 until 18/5/2020, 11h59 (Indian/Mayotte). COUNTRY/REGION Mayotte

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Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Tuesday, May 5, that the country will postpone the easing of restrictions currently in place due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic Philippe announced that the measures would be extended indefinitely due to the saturation of the hospital system, which is already limited due to dengue fever.

An overnight curfew remains in effect in Mayotte from 20:00 until 05:00 (local time). All travel through the territory is prohibited except for individuals working in essential services. Other restrictions are also in place, including a ban on gatherings of more than two people. Health authorities raised the COVID-19 epidemic alert level to 2 (second-highest level) on Tuesday, March 24, advising individuals to limit contact with other people and to stay home.

Foreign nationals remain banned from entering the overseas territory as of May 5.

As of May 5, there have been 686 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with at least seven associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected in 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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