Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Mali to reopen air and land borders from July 31 amid easing of restrictions related to COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 25 Jul 2020 04:47 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 15 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Severe travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Mali have announced plans to reopen air and land borders amid easing of restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) beginning July 31.

However, a series of restrictions remain in place, including:

 

  • Wearing a mask in public is compulsory.

 

  • Closure of land borders to passenger traffic through July 30; officials will allow freight transport to continue.

 

  • International passenger flights remain suspended through July 30; the measure does not apply to emergency and cargo flights.

 

  • Public gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited.

 

  • Social distancing measures are also in place, including the closures of restaurants and entertainment venues.

 


Authorities could introduce further preventive measures or ease additional restrictions in the coming days and weeks, depending on the disease activity.

Background and Analysis
Mali's preventative restrictions correspond with similar actions other governments are taking globally in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 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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