Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Cote d'Ivoire extends COVID-19 state of emergency through July 30, ease lockdown of Greater Abidjan region from July 15.
- Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 10:09 AM UTC
- Alert Expires: 30 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Heightened security, transport and business disruptions; possible health screenings, shipping delays
Authorities in Cote d'Ivoire have extended the ongoing state of emergency through July 30 as part of the nation's efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Land and sea borders will remain closed during this period; however, domestic flights resumed June 26. International flights were allowed to restart July 1. Cargo and freight transport will likely continue through land and sea borders, with increased screening in place.
The containment of the Grand Abidjan region (Abidjan, Dabou, Azaguie, Bingerville, Grand-Bassam, Bonoua, Assinie, and up to PK30 on the Abidjan-Yamoussoukro motorway) has been eased, and unrestricted travel can resume July 15.
Other measures that remain in place include:
- A ban on large public gatherings.
- The closure of bars, nightclubs, cinemas, and other places of entertainment.
- The monitoring and close screening of all passengers arriving in the country.
- The mandatory wearing of facemasks in public.
Additional measures are possible in the coming weeks as the government takes action to combat COVID-19. Security forces will almost certainly remain deployed to monitor and enforce all restrictions that remain in place. Acts of public violence in response to the remaining restrictions and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are possible.
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. Exercise caution near medical facilities. Avoid all demonstrations.
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.