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13 Nov 2020 | 06:35 PM UTC

Puerto Rico: Authorities extend curfew until December 11 /update 4

Authorities extend 22:00-05:00 curfew until December 11; follow government directives

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Event

Authorities in Puerto Rico have extended the curfew in place between 22:00 and 05:00 (local time) until at least December 11 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Residents are only allowed to leave their homes during the curfew hours for medical emergencies, except for individuals providing essential services. Face masks remain mandatory in public spaces, and from Monday, November 16, restaurants, casinos, gyms, churches, and other venues are limited to 30 percent capacity; however, night clubs, bars, and cafes remain closed.

As of Friday, November 13, there have been 74,734 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico with 914 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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.

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