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10 Apr 2020 | 04:15 AM UTC

Chad: Authorities extend flight suspension until April 25 /update 3

Authorities extend flight suspension until April 25 due to COVID-19; confirm travel itineraries

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Event

On Thursday, April 9, Chadian authorities announced that the suspension of all international flights, set to expire on Friday, April 10, will be extended until at least Saturday, April 25, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The restriction does not apply to cargo flights.

Additionally, on Thursday, April 2, authorities implemented a curfew between 19:00 and 06:00 (local time) in the localities of Mandelia, Logone-Gana and N'djamena-Farah à Guitté and in the provinces of Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Mayo-Kebbi Ouest, Mayo-Kebbi Est and in N'Djamena effective until Thursday, April 16.

Previously, authorities had announced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers from, or who transited through countries with a high number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

As of April 10, there are ten confirmed COVID-19 cases 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 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 risk of COVID-19 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.