Health

08
Apr
6:41 UTC

Americas Tactical (UPDATE): Chile approves emergency use of CanSino, while authorities tighten COVID-19 restrictions as of April 8; remain cognizant of authorities’ updates

Please be advised

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  • The government of Argentina has introduced strict measures due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Under new restrictions, a curfew will be in effect in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) and towns with most infections between 23:59-06:00 until April 30. Individuals who are authorized to travel for essential purposes must obtain a permit. In addition, social activities in private homes are prohibited; outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited; sporting activities involving more than 10 people are suspended, and entertainment venues will remain closed. 
  • The Canadian province of Ontario has issued a stay-at-home order and ordered the closure of nonessential stores. Stores can offer curbside pickup and delivery services. There has been a significant rise in COVID-19 patients in ICUs, forcing healthcare authorities to postpone over 250,000 surgeries. 
  • Chile’s health regulator has approved the emergency use of the CanSino COVID-19 vaccine. The first batch is due to arrive in May. 
  • In Colombia, the city of Bogota will be placed under quarantine starting April 10. Movement will be restricted, and all nonessential businesses will be required to close. Residents will be permitted to exercise outdoors for one hour per day. ICU occupancy in the city has reached 70 percent capacity, with 16 hospitals unable to receive new intakes. In cities with ICU occupancy rates above 50 percent, entry into businesses will be restricted based on customers’ ID numbers. 
  • In the Ecuadorian provinces of Azuay, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Loja, Manabi, Pichincha, and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, the state of exception, the 20:00-05:00 curfew, and restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol will remain in force until April 9. Further, teleworking will remain mandatory and face-to-face classes will remain suspended in the aforementioned departments until April 26. 
  • Haiti refused a donation of 756,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the World Health Organization (WHO) via the Covax mechanism on April 6. The government has instead requested the WHO to send the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. 
  • Authorities in Suriname have extended curfew hours and tightened restriction through April 21. Curfew hours will run between 20:00-05:00 Monday through Friday, and 18:00-05:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Restaurants are permitted to offer dine-in and takeaway services until 19:00 Monday through Friday; and 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Delivery services are permitted until 23:00. Shops, businesses, and other public places are required to close by 19:00 on weekdays and 17:00 on weekends. Further, only two members of a household are permitted to shop at stores and supermarkets. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited and the consumption of alcohol is banned in public places. 
  • In Uruguay, face-to-face classes will be suspended in all private and public institutions until May 3. Public shows, gyms, social events, and shops on the border will remain suspended until April 12.
  • In the USA, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has banned the state governments and private entities from requiring COVID-19 Vaccine Passports to access services. Additionally, Puerto Rico will begin vaccinating all individuals aged 16 and older on April 12. A curfew will be in effect from 22:00-05:00 starting April 9, and businesses will be required to close by 21:00.

Assessments

  1. In light of the continuing increase in confirmed cases in the Americas, restrictive measures are likely to be extended throughout the region. National governments may increase and reintroduce some restrictions, especially on travel and public gatherings in the coming days.
  2. While flights are slowly restarting, regardless of official bans, airlines are likely to continue with either partial or complete flight cancellations even to destinations without bans in light of decreasing demand, while rail and maritime services are also likely to be reduced. 
  3. Given the situation, further incidents of unrest and related criminal incidents are liable across the region. Those breaking imposed curfews are liable to be stopped, warned, fined, or even arrested by patrolling security forces. 
  4. Vaccination programs have been announced in several countries, with most countries in the region not expected to make vaccination compulsory. Programs are likely to begin with at-risk and essential worker groups.

Recommendations

  1. Those operating or residing in the Americas on April 8 and the coming days are advised to remain cognizant of authorities’ instructions regarding quarantines and health procedures.
  2. Those intending to travel within the region are advised to reconfirm their itineraries with the airline or service provider. 
  3. Maintain vigilance for possible localized unrest due to panic buying of goods. 
  4. Take precautions and familiarize yourself with the symptoms and ways to reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19.
AFFECTED AREA Americas
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Medium
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Credible

Please be advised

Click here to view the previous report

  • The government of Argentina has introduced strict measures due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Under new restrictions, a curfew will be in effect in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) and towns with most infections between 23:59-06:00 until April 30. Individuals who are authorized to travel for essential purposes must obtain a permit. In addition, social activities in private homes are prohibited; outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited; sporting activities involving more than 10 people are suspended, and entertainment venues will remain closed. 
  • The Canadian province of Ontario has issued a stay-at-home order and ordered the closure of nonessential stores. Stores can offer curbside pickup and delivery services. There has been a significant rise in COVID-19 patients in ICUs, forcing healthcare authorities to postpone over 250,000 surgeries. 
  • Chile’s health regulator has approved the emergency use of the CanSino COVID-19 vaccine. The first batch is due to arrive in May. 
  • In Colombia, the city of Bogota will be placed under quarantine starting April 10. Movement will be restricted, and all nonessential businesses will be required to close. Residents will be permitted to exercise outdoors for one hour per day. ICU occupancy in the city has reached 70 percent capacity, with 16 hospitals unable to receive new intakes. In cities with ICU occupancy rates above 50 percent, entry into businesses will be restricted based on customers’ ID numbers. 
  • In the Ecuadorian provinces of Azuay, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Loja, Manabi, Pichincha, and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, the state of exception, the 20:00-05:00 curfew, and restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol will remain in force until April 9. Further, teleworking will remain mandatory and face-to-face classes will remain suspended in the aforementioned departments until April 26. 
  • Haiti refused a donation of 756,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the World Health Organization (WHO) via the Covax mechanism on April 6. The government has instead requested the WHO to send the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. 
  • Authorities in Suriname have extended curfew hours and tightened restriction through April 21. Curfew hours will run between 20:00-05:00 Monday through Friday, and 18:00-05:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Restaurants are permitted to offer dine-in and takeaway services until 19:00 Monday through Friday; and 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Delivery services are permitted until 23:00. Shops, businesses, and other public places are required to close by 19:00 on weekdays and 17:00 on weekends. Further, only two members of a household are permitted to shop at stores and supermarkets. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited and the consumption of alcohol is banned in public places. 
  • In Uruguay, face-to-face classes will be suspended in all private and public institutions until May 3. Public shows, gyms, social events, and shops on the border will remain suspended until April 12.
  • In the USA, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has banned the state governments and private entities from requiring COVID-19 Vaccine Passports to access services. Additionally, Puerto Rico will begin vaccinating all individuals aged 16 and older on April 12. A curfew will be in effect from 22:00-05:00 starting April 9, and businesses will be required to close by 21:00.

Assessments

  1. In light of the continuing increase in confirmed cases in the Americas, restrictive measures are likely to be extended throughout the region. National governments may increase and reintroduce some restrictions, especially on travel and public gatherings in the coming days.
  2. While flights are slowly restarting, regardless of official bans, airlines are likely to continue with either partial or complete flight cancellations even to destinations without bans in light of decreasing demand, while rail and maritime services are also likely to be reduced. 
  3. Given the situation, further incidents of unrest and related criminal incidents are liable across the region. Those breaking imposed curfews are liable to be stopped, warned, fined, or even arrested by patrolling security forces. 
  4. Vaccination programs have been announced in several countries, with most countries in the region not expected to make vaccination compulsory. Programs are likely to begin with at-risk and essential worker groups.

Recommendations

  1. Those operating or residing in the Americas on April 8 and the coming days are advised to remain cognizant of authorities’ instructions regarding quarantines and health procedures.
  2. Those intending to travel within the region are advised to reconfirm their itineraries with the airline or service provider. 
  3. Maintain vigilance for possible localized unrest due to panic buying of goods. 
  4. Take precautions and familiarize yourself with the symptoms and ways to reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19.
AFFECTED AREA Americas
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Medium
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Credible