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RiskWatcher COVID-19 – Alerts on May 19th, 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. NIGERIA: Abuja-Extension of Restrictive Measures

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has extended restrictive measures for a further two weeks from May 19th, 2020, to June 1st, 2020.
As a reminder, the night curfew is in force between 8 p.m and 6 a.m (local time) except for essential services.
To date, the country has recorded 6 175 cases of COVID-19, including 192 related deaths.


2. UNITED KINGDOM: Northern Ireland – Partial relaxation of restrictive measures

The Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster, declared the partial relaxation of certain restrictive measures as of May 18th, 2020.
Gatherings of less than six people and outdoor recreational activities are allowed while respecting social distancing measures.
To date, the country has recorded 1 911 cases of COVID-19, including 105 related deaths.


3. SUDAN: Khartoum  – Lockdown Extension 

On May 18th, 2020, the government announced the extension of the existing Khartoum state containment until June 2nd, 2020.
As a reminder, only essential movement is allowed while travel between cities is banned. Essential services remain open and supermarkets and pharmacies are allowed to open at limited hours.
To date, the country has recorded 2 591 cases of COVID-19, including 105 related deaths.


4. MOLDOVA: Chisinau – Extension of the state of health emergency

The Moldovan government has extended the state of health emergency until June 30th, 2020.
In addition, all borders remain closed and gatherings are banned.
As a reminder, the wearing of masks has been mandatory since May 16th, 2020.
To date, at least 6 138 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country, including 217 related deaths.


5. OMAN: Mascatte – Ban on Eid al-Fitr celebrations

On May 18th, 2020, the authorities announced a ban on all activities associated with Eid al-Fitr, which is scheduled to begin on May 23rd, 2020.
The ban, includes livestock auctions, prayers, rallies and group celebrations.
Wearing a mask is a mandatory in all public places.
To date, there have been at least 5,379 cases of COVID-19, including 25 deaths.


6. QATAR: Doha- Closure of some shops

The local authorities have announced the closure of a large part of non-essential shops from May 19th to May 30th, 2020.
An exception applies to food outlets, supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and industrial areas.
To date, the country has recorded nearly 33 969 confirmed cases, including 15 related deaths.


7. TURKEY: Istanbul – Four-day nationwide lockdown from May 23rd, 2020

The Turkish authorities announced on May 18th, 2020, that a four-day nationwide total lockdown will be put in place starting May 23rd, 2020, to prevent gatherings during the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that mosques will not be allowed to reopen for midday and afternoon prayer until May 29th, 2020.
As of May 18, at least 150,593 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country, including 4,171 related deaths.


8. INDIA: Delhi – Resumption of certain public transport services

The public transport authorities have announced the resumption of their lines with the exception of the metro in the city of Delhi with limited capacity and timetables.
Thus, public transport will be operational daily between 7 a.m and 7 p.m (local time).
In addition, taxis and other private transports are limited to two passengers per journey. Passengers also have to present a special pass to be able to travel between cities.


9. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai – Curfew extension

Local authorities have announced that the curfew will be extended from May 20th, 2020, until further notice, following an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The national curfew will be from 20h to 6h (local time).
As a reminder, the current curfew extends from 22h to 6h.
To date, the country has 23,358 cases of COVID-19 and 224 deaths.


10. PORTUGAL: Lisbon – Easing of restrictive measures

The local authorities have given permission for the reopening of stores of up to 400 square metres and outdoor terraces.
Museums, art galleries and other cultural facilities may also reopen. Restaurants, cafés and bakeries can operate at 50% of their capacity.
To date the country has 29,209 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,231 deaths.

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