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07 oct. 2020 | 17h22 UTC

Aruba: Authorities reduce COVID-19 related curfew as of October 7

Aruba Alerte de sécurité

Authorities reduce COVID-19 related curfew to 00:01-05:00 as of October 7; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/10/2020, 12h30 until 22/10/2020, 12h29 (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Aruba

Event

Authorities in Aruba have announced that the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related curfew will be reduced from Wednesday, October 7, amid the easing of restrictions. The curfew will now be enforced between 00:01 and 05:00 (local time). Commercial establishments will also be permitted to remain open one hour later, being required to close by 23:00 instead of 22:00.

Face masks remain mandatory in all indoor spaces as well as on public transport. Social and public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited while funerals and beach weddings are allowed up to a maximum of 25 people. Bars, nightclubs, and liquor stores have been closed.

As of Wednesday, October 7, there have been 4108 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Aruba with one 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 (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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