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12 mai 2020 | 10h40 UTC

Mauritania: Authorities reopen places of worship May 10 /update 4

Mauritania Alerte de sécurité

Authorities reopen places of worship as of May 10; respect sanitary precautions

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/5/2020, 12h00 until 14/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Nouakchott). COUNTRY/REGION Mauritania

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Event

On Sunday, May 10, authorities announced the reopening of mosques with immediate effect following one week with no new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Worshippers are to respect social distancing measures and wear face masks.

A nationwide curfew between 21:00 and 06:00 (local time) and a suspension on all flights to and from Mauritania remain in place as of Tuesday, May 12. Border crossing points into the country, educational facilities, and all non-essential businesses remain closed.

As of May 12, there are eight confirmed COVID-19 cases and one related death nationwide. 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). 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 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.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide 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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