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23 Mar 2020 | 12:34 PM UTC

Sudan: Government implements nationwide nighttime curfew March 24 due to COVID-19 /update 3

Sudan implements nationwide nighttime curfew March 24 due to COVID-19; further spread of the virus expected over the near term

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Event

On Monday, March 23, the Sudanese government announced that it will impose a nighttime curfew nationwide starting on Tuesday, March 24, to prevent further spread of the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The curfew will be from 20:00 to 06:00 (local time) each night. The country is also suspending all long-haul bus services between cities and states from 18:00 on Thursday, March 26.  

On Friday, March 20, officials decided to ban all mass gatherings, including religious celebrations, and close all sports venues and cafes. 

On Monday, March 16, authorities indefinitely closed all ports of entry including airports, ports, and land crossings until further notice. The announcement came after officials declared a public health emergency amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Humanitarian, commercial, and technical support shipments will be excluded from the restrictions. 

To date, there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sudan, including one associated fatality. 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 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 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.