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03 juill. 2020 | 17h46 UTC

Brazil: Authorities extend border closures until July 29 /update 28

Brazil Alerte de sécurité

Brazilian authorities extend all air, land, and sea border closures until July 29; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/7/2020, 12h00 until 27/7/2020, 11h59 (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil

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Event

Brazilian authorities announced on Thursday, July 2, that the current closure of borders has been extended for an additional 30 days, following a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. All air, land, and sea borders will remain closed to foreign nationals until Wednesday, July 29. Exemptions to this ban can be found here. Travelers arriving by air must arrive at either São Paulo International Airport (GRU), Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG), Viracopos International Airport (VCP), or Brasília International Airport (BSB), and must present a medical declaration that shows they have not tested positive for COVID-19 from a doctor or health authority.  

São Paulo's Governor João Doria announced on June 26, that the existing quarantine restrictions introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended until July 14. Despite the extension of quarantine orders, the city of São Paulo and 14 municipalities in Greater São Paulo are due to enter the "yellow phase" from Monday, July 6, and restaurants, bars, and beauty salons will be able to reopen. Most parts of São Paulo state, however, will remain in the "red phase", which is the most restrictive. Several regions have also regressed into the "red phase" following a recent rise of COVID-19 cases, including the regions of Aracatuba, Rio Preto, Sorocaba, Bauru, and Franca. Further details on the extension and/or easing of COVID-19 measures are available on São Paulo's government website.

The use of face masks remains mandatory in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Brasília in essential commercial establishments, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as on public transport.

As of Friday, July 3, health authorities have confirmed 1,496,858 COVID-19 cases with 61,884 associated deaths in the country. Further 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 (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 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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