Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Paraguay extends quarantine measures, borders closures, flight suspensions, through April 19 to combat the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Paraguay

This alert began 10 Apr 2020 04:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: At least April 19
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions, increased police presence

Summary
The Paraguayan government extended quarantine measures nationwide through at least April 19 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All nonessential movement is prohibited until 2359 April 19. During this time, persons may only leave their homes to obtain or provide essential goods such as food and medicine or services such as caring for the sick and elderly.

The international borders will remain closed, and suspension of all commercial passenger flights at all airports will continue through at least April 19 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials will make limited exceptions for repatriation flights. Cargo is still permitted to cross the borders.

The measures in place will significantly disrupt business and transport in the country, with increased police and military presence in the streets. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Paraguayan government are similar to those taken by other regional governments in recent days 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. 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.

Resources

World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int