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26 Mar 2020 | 05:07 AM UTC

Mali: Authorities shut borders, implement nationwide curfew as of March 27 /update 3

Authorities shut borders, implement nationwide curfew as of March 27, and maintain March 29 legislative elections; follow government directives

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Event

On Wednesday, March 25, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced new measures in an effort to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. As such, the country's borders will be shut to all but freight and cargo transportation effective immediately.

Additionally, authorities announced the implementation of a nationwide curfew between 21:00 and 05:00 (local time) as of Friday, March 27, that will remain in place until further notice.

Furthermore, President Keita declared that the Sunday, March 29, legislative elections will be maintained.

As of March 26, there are two confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide. Further international spread of the virus is expected.

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 non-essential 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 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.