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30 Mar 2020 | 05:43 AM UTC

Niger: Curfew implemented in Niamey effective March 28 /update 2

Government orders overnight curfew in Niamey effective March 28 to prevent spread of COVID-19; follow all authority directives



On Friday, March 27, President Mahamadou Issoufou announced a nationwide health state of emergency as well as an overnight curfew in Niamey effective Saturday, March 28. The curfew will be in effect for a two-week period between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00 (local time) to prevent further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Furthermore, the president enacted social measures to help the poor, including state delivery of food supplies, and water and electricity bills for April and May will be paid by the government . Some 1540 inmates will also be released.

As of Monday, March 30, Niger's land borders remain closed, except to freight transportation. All international flights to and from Niger have been suspended for a two-week period starting Friday, March 20. The suspension does not apply to domestic, sanitary, and military flights.

As of Monday, there are 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country; all of them are in Niamey. Further spread of the virus 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 (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.


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.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or 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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