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09 mai 2020 | 08h54 UTC

Sudan: Lockdown in Khartoum state extended through May 19 /update 7

Sudan Alerte de sécurité

Lockdown extended in Khartoum state extended through May 19; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/5/2020, 11h00 until 20/5/2020, 10h59 (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Khartoum

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Event

On Friday, May 8, authorities in Khartoum state announced an extension of lockdown measures through Tuesday, May 19, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the measures, which were introduced on Saturday, April 18, individuals are allowed limited movement within their neighborhoods to purchase necessities. Only essential services will remain open, while employees will be granted a paid leave of absence. Supermarkets and pharmacies are also operating on limited hours. The ban on travel between Khartoum and other parts of the country has also been extended. Authorities also extended the ban on communal prayers at mosques until towards Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, May 24. It is currently unclear if the nationwide nighttime curfew, between 20:00 to 06:00 (local time), will remain in place beyond May 9.

Sudan's Civil Aviation Authority announced on Monday, April 20, that it has extended a ban on domestic and international flights until at least Wednesday, May 20. Scheduled cargo, humanitarian, and technical aid flights remain exempt from the restrictions.

Mass gatherings are currently prohibited, and sports venues and cafes remain closed. Authorities have indefinitely closed all ports of entry, including airports, ports, and land crossings until further notice. Humanitarian, commercial, and technical support shipments will be excluded from the restrictions.

As of May 9, 1111 cases of COVID-19 and 59 associated fatalities have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

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) 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.

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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