Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Cape Verde announce plans to resume flights June 30. Further easing of restrictions to continue through October 2020.

  • Alert Begins: 09 Jun 2020 10:30 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 30 Jun 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Possible transport and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Cape Verde have announced the resumption of domestic flights from June 30 as part of the easing of restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). International flights are expected to resume in July. The resumption of flights follows the resumption of inter-island sea travel June 1. Authorities have also stated that cultural and sporting events will resume Oct. 31. Cargo and humanitarian transport continues to face heightened screening measures.

While state of emergency restrictions have been relaxed across Cape Verde, some measures remain in place on Santiago. Travel to Santiago, the epicenter of the disease in Cape Verde, remains suspended until June 30. Bans on the operations of bars and access to beaches remain in place. Cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported on the island.

Background and Analysis
Cape Verde was one of the first African countries to relax measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 since the WHO declared the disease a pandemic March 11. The country's state of emergency expired on the island of Santiago May 29, after similar measures had been lifted on other islands weeks before. As of June 8, Cape Verde has reported 567 cases of the disease of which 294 are active. 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.

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.

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.


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