Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Guinea extend existing state of health emergency measures through at least Oct. 15 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Alert Begins 24 Sep 2020 10:25 AM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Severe travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Guinea have extended the country's state of health emergency measures through at least Oct. 15 as part of plans to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, the government has eased several domestic measures from Sept. 22.

Domestic Measures
The existing 0001-0400 curfew in Greater Conakry (Conakry, Coyah, and Dubreka) is in effect until further notice. There are no curfews in place outside of this area. Authorities have also stated that all public transport measures in place before March 26, 2020, will be reintroduced; all passengers and transport employees must wear facemasks. The government has maintained the compulsory wearing of facemasks in public and private spaces. Restaurants, bars, hotels, and motels can reopen; however, all service personnel must wear facemasks and adhere to social distancing. Other socio-cultural and sporting activities can resume with participants, spectators, and organizers complying with social distancing measures and the use of facemasks. Places of worship and schools have opened in areas where there have been no records of disease cases in 30 days.

International Travel
Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice unless for the transportation of goods; transporters will be subject to heightened screening measures. Air borders have gradually reopened since July 17 for international flights. All passengers arriving or departing Guinea must present a negative COVID-19 certificate for a test taken at least five days before travel. Facemasks are mandatory for all travelers, and they must pack at least three spares for the duration of the journey. Authorities will screen all travelers before departure.

Guinean authorities could further extend the state of emergency or expand any COVID-19-related restrictions with little to no advance notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures the government has taken correspond with similar actions introduced by other West African governments 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.

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.

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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