Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Angola extends the State of Emergency through 2359 April 25 in ongoing effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Angola

This alert began 10 Apr 2020 09:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 27 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel and movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through April 25
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
The government has extended the State of Emergency through 2359 April 25. The emergency declaration was due to expire April 11 and enacts measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of April 10, the measures below are in place.

  • The country's land, sea, and air borders are closed. The movement of essential goods, humanitarian operations, and the repatriation of foreign nationals continues.
  • Essential service sectors are allowed to operate Monday to Friday 0800-1300.
  • Interprovincial travel is banned. Public transportation has been significantly reduced.
  • Education facilities remain closed, gatherings of more than 50 people are banned, informal markets can only operate on certain days and at reduced times, and religious sites are closed.
  • Residents have been urged to stay at home.


The emergency declaration is likely to be extended in the coming weeks. Additional movement restrictive measures may also be applied. The security forces are likely to remain deployed nationwide to enforce the movement restrictions. Clashes between security personnel and persons not complying with the regulations are likely.

Background and Analysis
Angola's travel restrictions and preventive measures correspond with similar actions other governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Avoid large public gatherings and concentrations of security personnel.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int

Government of Angola: www.governo.gov.ao

Ministry of Health (Angola): www.minsa.gov.ao