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03 Apr 2020 | 11:50 PM UTC

Grenada: Travel restrictions introduced April 3 /update 1

Grenadian authorities announce further travel restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic as of April 3; follow all government directives

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Main Body: As of Friday, April 3, Grenadian authorities have announced that following the limited 21-day State of Emergency beginning March 25, a curfew and emergency power regulations have been put in place in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The Ministry of Health Grenada has released a statement asking the public to call the COVID-19 enquiries information line on 538 4787 or 458 4787 if they have any symptoms such as cough fever or difficulty breathing and visit the Government’s webpage for the latest information on the virus. All airports remain closed as of March 23 and as a result, incoming passengers will not be permitted entry to the country.

As of Friday, April 3, ten cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

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 quarantine 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 using 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.