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05 sept. 2020 | 07h47 UTC

Guam: Authorities extend some COVID-19 restrictions until September 11 /update 5

Guam Alerte de sécurité

Authorities extend some COVID-19 restrictions until September 11; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/9/2020, 12h00 until 12/9/2020, 11h59 (Pacific/Guam). COUNTRY/REGION Guam

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Event

Authorities announced on Friday, September 4, that some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions have been extended until Friday, September 11, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Under the extension, a stay-at-home order has been enforced, prohibiting all non-essential movement in the territory, and will remain in place until 12:00 (local time) on September 11.

The state of emergency remains in place until September 30, while a 14-day quarantine period is in effect for travelers arriving in the territory.

As of Saturday, September 5, health authorities have confirmed a total of 1619 COVID-19 cases with 14 associated deaths in Guam. 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed. Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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 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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