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RiskWatcher COVID-19 – Alerts on May 18th, 2020


Risk&Co keeps you informed of the evolution of the world health situation and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a short summary of the main health alerts compiled from our RiskWatcher platform.

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1. LEBANON: Beirut – Gradual reopen of the economy 

The Lebanese authorities announced on May 17th, 2020, that the economy will gradually reopen from this May 18th, 2020, after a strict freeze due to an increase in cases of COVID-19.
The country has already started to reopen some businesses at the end of April.
To date, the country has 911 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 26 associated deaths.


2. MADAGASCAR: Antananarivo – First death

Authorities confirmed on May 17th, 2020, the first death related to the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The patient is a 57-year-old hospital worker with underlying health problems.
To date, 304 cases of COVID-19, including one death, have been recorded across the country.


3. INDIA: New Delhi – Extension of the lockdown 

On  May 17th, 2020, Indian authorities announced a fourth extension of the current national lockdown until May 31st, 2020.
Partial lifts will only be possible in areas where the risk of infection is lower. International and domestic flights will remain suspended for the duration.
However, in most parts of the country, restaurants have been allowed to reopen for take-away food only and sporting events have been allowed to resume without spectators.


4. NEPAL: Kathmandu – Lockdown extension

The Nepalese government announced on May 17th, 2020, an extension of the containment until June 2nd, 2020.
The Nepalese government has also suspended ground and air transport, closed most shops and industries while easing regulations for some industries and the essential services sector.
As of May 18th, 2020, 295 cases of COVID-19, including 2 deaths, have been confirmed throughout the country.


5. IVORY COAST: Abidjan – State of emergency extended to May 31st, 2020

The government has extended the nationwide health emergency until May 31st, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country’s air, sea and land borders also remain closed.
Mask wearing is mandatory outdoors, including in public spaces, public transportation, shopping malls and markets.
Up to date, at least 2,061 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country, including 25 deaths.


6. SUDAN: Khartoum – Flight suspension extended to May 31st, 2020

Authorities announced on May 17th, 2020, that all airports in the country will remain closed for international and domestic commercial flights until May 31st, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Repatriation flights, cargo, humanitarian flights and those carrying employees of the oil industry are exempt from the measure.
Up to date, at least 2,289 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country, including 97 deaths.


7. MAURITANIA: Nouakchott – New restrictive measures

On May 17th, 2020, authorities announced that the wearing of face masks is now mandatory in all public venues, including markets and places of worship, following a new peak in COVID-19 cases in the country.
In Nouakchott, children under the age of 12 are barred from entering public venues, including places of worship. Access to such public places is also restricted, with the obligation to maintain social distancing. A curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. is in force in the country until further notice.
Up to date, at least 40 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country, including 4 deaths.


8. ICELAND: Reykjavik – Border opening by June 15

Iceland’s Prime Minister declared that the country’s borders could be reopened to foreign nationals by June 15th, 2020.
Commercial flights will then be able to resume on that date. Free COVID-19 screening tests will be undertaken upon arrival at the airport.
Up to date, at least 1,802 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country, including 10 deaths.


9. ECUADOR: Quito –  State of Emergency Extension to June 15

The government has extended the state of emergency until June 15th, 2020. A curfew from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. is also in force in the country, while a state of maximum alert (red) is maintained nationwide.
All travellers, including Ecuadorian nationals and permanent residents, are barred from entering the country until May 31st, 2020. Only official repatriation flights are allowed.
Up to date, at least 32,763 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country, including 2,688 deaths.


10. EGYPT: Cairo – Strengthening of restrictive measures

State media reported that the national curfew will be extended from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. (local time) from May 24th, 2020, to May 29th, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Public transports will be suspended and all shopping centers, shops and public spaces, including parks and beaches, will be closed during this period. Facial masks are also mandatory inside public institutions.
In recent days 11,719 cases of COVID-19 contamination have been reported in the country, including 612 deaths.

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