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11 Apr 2020 | 03:19 AM UTC

Angola: State of emergency extended until April 25 /update 5

Angolan authorities extend state of emergency until April 25 amid COVID-19 pandemic; follow authority directives

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Event

On Friday, April 10, President Joao Lourenco announced that the government would be extending the current state of emergency, initially implemented on Friday, March 27, amid the coronavirus disease (COID-19) pandemic. It remains unclear how long the state of emergency will remain in effect for. Under the state of emergency, internal movement has been restricted and individuals in the country have been asked to remain indoors, with the exception of leaving for the purchase of medical supplies or in case of emergencies.

On Tuesday, March 17, government officials announced that all international flights to and from Angola will be suspended as of Friday, March 20.

As of Saturday, April 11, there are 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Angola, with two associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over 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). 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 February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble 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 general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide 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.