Weekly security briefing – 16 March to 22 March 2020

Every Monday morning, the Anticip-Risk&Co Group produces a security briefing, reporting and analysing major world events.

This weekly security briefing is specifically intended for business travellers and their supervisors, so that they can anticipate the main risks in their areas of operations. The briefing also offers advice on the right behaviors to adopt.

 

  1. EUROPE – Travel restrictions

Several countries in the region have implemented travel restrictions to limit the spread of the COVID-19. Controls will be increasingly implemented in European airports. These measures will mainly apply to travellers from China, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Some countries and airlines are also implementing measures for travellers coming from or going to Iran and South Korea.

Business travellers should be prepared for flight cancellations and travel disruptions.

Further restrictive measures could be enforced in the coming days.

 

  1. AFRICA – Coronavirus, new restrictive measures

Several African countries have closed their borders, cancelled flights and imposed strict entry and quarantine conditions in order to contain the spread of the new coronavirus (Morocco, Algeria, Kenya…).

At least 26 countries are already affected and the number of cases continues to grow.

Business travellers must be prepared for flight cancellations and travel disruptions.

 

  1. EGYPT: Cairo – Floods, severe damage and disruption

Business travellers to Egypt are advised to be vigilant and anticipate further weather-related disruptions in the coming days.

Egypt has been facing flooding since March 11th, 2020. Significant material damage has been recorded in the capital, Cairo, and the city of Qena since March 11th, as a result of the floods. At least 20 people have allegedly been killed and rail transport is suspended nationwide.

 

  1. CAR: Grimari – Resurgence of Anti Balaka attacks

A peacekeeper from the Burundian contingent of MINUSCA was killed by an anti-Balaka attack on March 15th, 2020, around mid-afternoon in Grimari, Ouaka prefecture.

The MINUSCA force reinforced its patrols in Grimari, in order to provide security to the population and prevent further incidents.

Caution is advised. In case of urgent travel, take all appropriate measures, in coordination with the local security forces, to secure your movements.

 

  1. INDIA: Uttar Pradesh – Heavy rains, deadly floods        

Business travellers who are or will be visiting India in the coming days should remain vigilant.

At least 28 people have been killed in floods related to heavy rains and hailstorms in Sitapur and Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, since March 10th. Warnings of moderate rains and thunderstorms are currently in place for parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi, where bad weather caused severe disruptions to road travel, on March 14th.

Further disruptions are expected in the coming days due to the risk of rains.

Monitor the situation through the India Meteorological Department website and comply with official instructions.

 

  1. MEXICO CITY: Mexico City – March 16th – Celebration of Benito Juárez’s birthday

Benito Juárez’s birthday is celebrated as a holiday in Mexico on the third Monday of March, March 16th, 2020.

Benito Juárez Day is a federal holiday in Mexico. Banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. People who intend to use public transportation in Mexico should check with local authorities for any changes in timetables or routes.

 

  1. BANGLADESH: Dhaka – March 17th – Visit of Indian Prime Minister, risk of disruption

Demonstrations against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit scheduled for March 17th are expected in Dhaka and other urban centres across the country.

Participants may also block roads, causing traffic disruptions.

Increased security measures are also expected on the road to Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC).

 

  1. INDONESIA: Bali – March 17th – Nyepi Day Celebration

Many members of the Hindu community celebrate the Hindu New Year on the Balinese Saka calendar. This year, it will take place on March 17th.

The biggest celebrations are planned in Bali as well as in Balinese Hindu communities across Indonesia.

Transport disruptions and increased security measures are expected.

 

  1. GUINEA: Conakry – Legislative Elections and Constitutional Referendum

Political tensions are still high in the country, following the legislative elections and the constitutional referendum that took place on Sunday March 15th, 2020.

The security presence has been reinforced throughout the country, with patrols night and day, as well as increased security at the polling stations.

Be vigilant in Conakry and the rest of the country.

 

  1. PUERTO RICO – Day of Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery

On March 22nd, Puerto Rico celebrates its annual Emancipation Day, commemorating the abolition of slavery on the island in 1873.

The day is marked by festivities that include dancing to plena and bomba music, singing and Caribbean cuisine.

Travel restrictions are expected in urban centres.

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