Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Angola extend state of health calamity in several areas through to Aug 9. Business and traffic disruptions likely.
- Alert Begins: 10 Jul 2020 03:45 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 10 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Through Aug. 9
- Impact: Travel and business disruptions
Authorities in Angola have extended the state of health calamity in Luanda and Canzego, Cuanza Norte Province, through to at least Aug. 9 in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Restrictions in these areas include the following:
- Travel in and out of Luanda and Cuanza Norte remains prohibited.
- Mandatory wearing of protective masks on public roads.
- Nonessential public services, including transportation, will be permitted to operate from 0800-1500. In the rest of the country, this time frame is extended through to 1530 for the rest of Angola.
- Workplace capacity has been limited to 50 percent, with the possibility of decreasing to 30 percent if case numbers continue rising.
- Public transport may only operate at 75 percent capacity until 1800.
- All schools and universities will remain closed until further notice.
- Restaurants that were previously permitted to open at 50 percent capacity, must close at 1600 and not 2230.
- Beaches, theatres, movie cinemas, casinos, and other recreational activities remain closed.
Other areas of Angola remain under less restrictive measures as part of the country's state of calamity. All international and domestic flights in and out of Angola remain suspended. Land borders remain closed apart for commercial transport. Those caught flouting lockdown measures in and restrictions will be subject to fines. Authorities may introduce new restrictions with little notice in the coming days.
Background and Analysis
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.
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.