Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Authorities in Equatorial Guinea extend COVID-19-related restrictions through June 15. Business and transport disruptions will persist.
This alert affects Equatorial Guinea
This alert began 01 Jun 2020 10:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Through at least June 15
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in Equatorial Guinea have extended confinement measures, including a state of emergency, aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through June 15. Authorities have also indicated that from mid-June, some restrictions may be lifted, including restrictions on international flights and school activity.
- The country's land borders and maritime ports of entry remain closed to passenger travel indefinitely.
- All commercial and private passenger flights remain suspended. Freight and humanitarian flights are exempt. Intermittent repatriation flights from Malabo International Airport (SSG) are ongoing.
- Authorities have prohibited all mass gatherings over ten people, including weddings and sporting events.
- All Equatorial Guinean diplomatic missions abroad have suspended the issuance of entry visas.
- There is a nationwide stay-at-home order. Exceptions are in place for essential services, such as food provision and healthcare. Persons who need to leave their homes must obtain permission from the president of their neighborhood community
- Restrictions on interdistrict movement are in effect countrywide, except for essential purposes.
- All bus transport is suspended.
All restrictions and recommendations are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews; officials could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.
Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the government of Equatorial Guinea correspond with similar actions taken by other regional 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. The WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11.
Follow all official instructions. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Heed all official advisories and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays and possibly result in quarantine. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Shipping disruptions may occur; consider delaying or rerouting shipments.
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.