Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Yemen's Southern Transitional Council announces three-day, 24-hour curfew in Aden beginning 0001 April 30 due to COVID-19 activity.

This alert affects Aden

This alert began 30 Apr 2020 00:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Aden (map)
  • Time Frame: 0001 April 30-2359 May 2
  • Impact: Entry and travel restrictions, transport and possible business disruptions

Summary
The Southern Transitional Council (STC) announced a three-day, 24-hour curfew in Yemen's southern port city of Aden beginning 0001 April 30 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The announcement followed the confirmation of five new COVID-19 cases in Aden, April 29. All large shopping centers will be closed for the duration of the curfew. Authorities have also banned congregational prayers until further notice.

The STC, a secessionist group backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), declared self-rule in Aden and southern governorates, April 26. The internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabo Mansour al-Hadi has condemned the action and stated that it would have severe consequences for the power-sharing agreement that the two parties signed in November 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Background and Analysis
Yemen's travel restrictions and preventive measures correspond with similar actions other governments are taking globally 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
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Yemen. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

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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