Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Guinea extend state of health emergency measures for 30 days from July 16 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 16 Jul 2020 09:47 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 17 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least Aug. 16
  • Impact: Severe travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Guinea have extended the country's state of health emergency measures through at least Aug. 16 as part of plans to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Air borders will gradually reopen from July 17 for international and domestic flights. Opening protocols and operation plans will be announced in the coming days. Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice apart for the transportation of goods; transporters will be subject to heightened screening measures. Officials have updated curfew hours in Greater Conakry (Conakry, Coyah, and Dubreka) from 2300-0400 to 0000-0400. There are no curfews in place outside of this area. The government maintains that the wearing of face masks is mandatory in public and private spaces. Other measures which remain in place as of July 15 include:

 

  • Places of worship remain open in areas where no cases of the disease have been recorded in 30 days.

 

  • Restricted capacity on public transport vehicles in Conakry and the closure of nonessential facilities and businesses.

 

  • Members of Guinean diaspora remain temporarily prohibitted from returning to the country, with the suspension of operations of diplomatic missions abroad also in place.

 


Authorities could further extend the state of emergency and/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 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.

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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