Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Madagascar extend health state of emergency through July 28 due to COVID-19 activity. Other restrictions in place.

  • Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 05:47 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 15 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business restrictions

Summary
Authorities in Madagascar have extended the health state of emergency through July 28 as part of the nation's efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials previously stated, July 4, that additional movement restrictions would be in place for the Analamanga Region, including Antananarivo, July 6-20, due to a rise in infections.

 

  • Movement into and out of the region is restricted. The transport of cargo is exempt from the order.

 

  • Public transportation, except taxis, is suspended.

 

  • Nonessential businesses and schools will close during this period.

 

  • Only one person per household is allowed to leave their home to acquire essential goods 0600-1200.

 


The new restrictions complement existing movement and travel restrictions as well as health measures implemented in recent weeks. Other measures include:

 

  • All land, sea, and air borders remain closed. Cargo and humanitarian flights will be allowed to continue.

 

  • In Tamatave, Moramanga, and Fenerive-Est, a daily curfew 2200-0400 is in effect. Public transport can operate until 1700. Businesses may remain open through 1500.

 

  • The mandatory nationwide wearing of protective face masks in public.

 

  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned nationwide.

 


Additional restrictions and further extensions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are likely in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
Madagascar has enforced and relaxed several measures in recent months to contain the spread of COVID-19. Authorities are likely to continue to reintroduce sporadic, highly targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Such measures could apply to regions, cities, neighborhoods, or specific facilities.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance, particularly if traveling outside of the Analamanga Region. 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.


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