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Weekly security briefing – 27 January to 02 February 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. World – Coronavirus epidemic

As the novel coronavirus is spreading in China and in the region, business travellers are advised to adopt the follow behaviours:

  • Delay all trips to cities where travel restrictions apply;
  • delay all non-essential trips to the Hubei province;
  • abide by official instructions and wear masks in all public places in Wuhan;
  • respect hygiene precautions and avoid contact with sick individuals.

The coronavirus is already responsible for 80 deaths in China and 2,700 people have been contaminated across the world.

 

  1. TURKEY: Malatya – Earthquake

 An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6,7 shook the Turkish province of Malatya on January 24th, 2020. Infrastructures and communication networks are greatly impacted. It is advised to exercise caution in the region.

At least two other earthquakes, with preliminary magnitudes of 5,4 and 5,1, were felt shortly after. Further earthquakes may occur.

 

  1. INDONESIA: Djakarta – Floods

 Floods are expected until January 29th, 2020, according to weather officials.

It is advised to closely monitor the situation and adopt necessary measures if planning on travelling to Djakarta in the coming days.

 

  1. UGANDA: Moyo/Buliisa – Yellow fever

 Cases of yellow fever have increased in Northern Uganda, according to the Minister for Health. On January 24th, 2020, three people died in the Moyo and Buliisa districts.

The epidemic might spread to other provinces in the coming weeks.

Vaccines against yellow fever are highly recommended before travelling to Uganda.

Residents are advised to get vaccinated in a nearby health centre.

 

  1. PAKISTAN: Lahore – International cricket competition 

 Increased security measures and travel disruptions are expected for the international cricket competition T20, between Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Games will take place in the Kadhafi arena starting 2pm (local time) on January 25th and 27th, 2020.

At least 10,000 security forces will be deployed through the city and traffic restrictions will be enforced to guarantee the safety of the players and spectators.

 

  1. PHILIPPINES: Iloilo – Annual Dinagyang festival

 Major travel disruptions are expected during the annual Dinagyang festival that will be held in the city of Iloilo from Friday, January 24th to Sunday, January 26th, 2020.

The solemn procession along the river will start at 3pm (local time) on January 24th, 2020 in Fort San Pedro.

On January 25th, 2020, a procession will start at 2pm from the forum to the central market in Iloilo. Caution is advised in cities, especially Iloilo.

 

  1. CAMEROON – Legislative and municipal elections

 The electoral campaign officially started on January 25th, 2020. Results will be known on February 29th.

The opposition party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), announced that they would boycott the election results.

This decision reduces the likelihood of nationwide demonstrations.

Demonstrations are still expected in the anglophone regions of Cameroon, North-West and South-West, where separatist factions are hoping to disturb the elections.

It is advised to avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations.

 

  1. BRAZIL: Minas Gerais – Severe floods

As severe floods impact South Easter Brazil, in the Minas Gervais state, business travellers should closely monitor the situation.

At least 44 people died and 17000 were displaced.

Several roads were blocked because of mudslides. Major avenues and parts of the city are flooded too.

 

  1. BANGLADESH: Dhaka – Local elections

 Increased security measures and related disruptions are expected in Dhaka, as the local elections on February 28th, 2020, draw closer.

Political campaigns and will continue until February 26th, 2020.

It is likely that there will be political gatherings, demonstrations and protests in the coming days.

Confrontations between rival political groups and security forces cannot be excluded either.

Business travellers should anticipate traffic disruptions. It is also advised to follow the local authorities’ recommendations.

 

  1. UNITED STATES: Miami – Super Bowl LIV

 Major traffic disruptions and reinforced security measures are expected for the Super Bowl LIV final on Sunday February 2nd, 2020, in Miami, FL.

Roads surrounding the Bayfront Park and the Adrienne Arsht centre will be closed from Wednesday January 29th, 2020, to Sunday February 2nd, 2020.

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