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06 juin 2020 | 09h35 UTC

El Salvador: Authorities extend lockdown measures until June 15 /update 14

El Salvador Alerte de sécurité

Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown measures until June 15; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/6/2020, 12h00 until 15/6/2020, 11h59 (America/El_Salvador). COUNTRY/REGION El Salvador

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Event

On Thursday, June 4, Salvadoran authorities extended the lockdown measures in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic until June 15. Restrictions governing economic activity and freedom of movement are to remain in place.

El Salvador has implemented some of the strictest lockdown measures in the region. Under the restrictions, only one person per household is permitted to go outside to shop for essential items and the use of face masks is mandatory in public. Public spaces and most businesses are closed, with the exception of grocery stores, banks, and health services. Citizens are only able to purchase supplies in markets and supermarkets on specific days in the week, according to their national identity or passport number. All public transportation, as well as taxi services, have also been suspended. Quarantine measures are being strictly enforced by police, and reports suggest that hundreds of people have been arrested for violating the restrictions. Essential professions, including doctors, public servants, the military, police, and restaurant workers, among others, are exempt from the lockdown. San Salvador Airport (SAL) has been closed indefinitely to commercial flights, and entry to the country is prohibited for foreign nationals.

As of Saturday, June 6, there have been 2849 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Salvador, with 53 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is 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 (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.

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