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01 Apr 2020 | 10:16 PM UTC

Mayotte: Heightened containment measures remain in place April 1 /update 1

Overnight curfew and other restrictions remain in place in Mayotte as of April 1 to prevent further spread of COVID-19; follow all government directives

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Event

An overnight curfew is in effect in Mayotte as of Wednesday, April 1, from 20:00 until 05:00 (local time). All travel through the territory is prohibited except for individuals working in essential services. Other restrictions are also in place, including a ban on gatherings of more than two people. Health authorities had earlier raised the COVID-19 epidemic alert level to 2 (second-highest level) on Tuesday, March 24, and have advised individuals to limit contact with other people and to stay home. Mayotte also confirmed its first COVID-19-related death on Tuesday, March 31. The individual reportedly had pre-existing health conditions.

Individuals who develop respiratory symptoms, such as cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, within 14 days of arrival into Mayotte are advised not to visit the doctor or emergency room directly, but to contact the SAMU (French Emergency Medical Services) immediately by dialing 15.

As of April 1, 101 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Mayotte. 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, 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 the global outbreak a pandemic.

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 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.