Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Suriname extend 2000-0600 nationwide curfew through April 26 to curb the spread of COVID-19. All other measures remain.

This alert affects Suriname

This alert began 13 Apr 2020 10:50 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 26
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
President Desi Bouterse announced that all restrictive measures, including a nationwide 2000-0600 curfew, will be extended for an additional 14 days through at least April 26. The measures are in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Persons operating in essential sectors, like health and security, are excluded from the order. Residents should adopt social distancing measures, including the keeping of 2 meters (6 feet) between individuals.

The curfew complements other measures, including restrictions on movement at all ports of entry until further notice. The movement of essential goods remains ongoing; however, enhanced health screenings may result in delivery delays. All schools remain closed. The government has also revoked all public entertainment licenses and banned all social gatherings of more than 10 people. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Suriname government correspond with similar actions taken by other governments globally in recent days in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (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. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo.

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 Organization (WHO): www.who.int

Ministry of Health: http://health.gov.sr