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06 Apr 2020 | 01:33 AM UTC

Guadeloupe: Nationwide curfew implemented amid COVID-19 April 1

Authorities introduce a nationwide curfew from 20:00 to 05:00 (local time) due to the COVID-19 outbreak on April 1; abide by government directives



On Wednesday, April 1, Guadeloupe authorities introduced a nationwide curfew from 20:00 to 05:00 (local time) to prevent further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). According to authorities, the curfew will remain in place until further notice. All travel will be prohibited during these hours, except for individuals seeking urgent medical attention. Meanwhile, all flights between France and Guadeloupe have been suspended until at least Wednesday, April 15.

As of Sunday, April 5, 130 confirmed cases and seven related fatalities of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Guadeloupe. Health officials have indicated that the hospital system may face difficulties if the number of cases continues to grow. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


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.


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.