Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Chad extend ban on flights through at least May 31 to combat COVID-19. A 2000-0500 curfew in place in provincial capitals.

This alert affects Chad

This alert began 16 May 2020 04:04 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 31
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions; heightened security

Summary
Authorities in Chad extended the suspension of all flights through at least May 31 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure does not apply to emergency and cargo flights. A ban on nationwide movement also remains through at least May 22; a ban on vehicles leaving or entering the capital, N'Djamena remains in place. Officials are also enforcing a nightly 2000-0500 curfew in all provincial capitals nationwide, including N'Djamena, although exemptions apply to freight and cargo vehicles that may enter N'Djamena after 2200. A maximum of four people are allowed to travel in a vehicle, including the driver.

Other measures taken by the government of Chad include:

  • Land borders have been closed, but freight transport is allowed.
  • A 2000-0500 curfew in the Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Mayo-Kebbi Ouest, Mayo-Kebbi Est regions, and in the Mandelia and Lougoun sub-prefectures of the Chari-Baguirmi Region, and in the N'Djamena Fara sub-prefecture of the Hadjer-Lamis region, until at least May 27.
  • A ban on all public gatherings.
  • A closure of nonessential businesses.
  • Movement restrictions; residents are only allowed travel to perform essential tasks, such as purchasing groceries and obtaining medical treatment.


Failure to comply with the edicts will result in disciplinary action, including time in jail. Authorities could extend and impose additional curfews and restrictions based on disease activity throughout the country.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments elsewhere 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. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo.

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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