Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Officials in Djibouti extend nationwide lockdown through at least May 8 due to COVID-19. Business and transport disruptions ongoing.
This alert affects Djibouti
This alert began 01 May 2020 19:29 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 May 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Through at least May 8
- Impact: Significant business and travel disruptions; increased security
Authorities in Djibouti have extended the nationwide lockdown through at least May 8 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The continuing measures require all residents to stay at home, except to obtain essential food items or to seek medical treatment.
Ongoing measures include:
- All land, sea, and air borders remain closed. Cargo and humanitarian flights will be allowed to continue.
- Nonessential businesses remain closed, except supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations. and other food distributors
- Closure are enforced for all schools, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, mosques, and other places of worship.
- Nonessential government staff are to stay at home on administrative leave.
- Limitations are in place on the number of passengers on buses and other forms of public transport.
Security personnel are deployed to enforce restrictions. Additional travel restrictions or health security measures may be implemented with little notice.
Background and Analysis
The COVID-19-related measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other governments in recent weeks 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.
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.