COVID-19 GEOGRAPHIC INSIGHTS

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MENA

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA


Last updated 29/09/2020

No changes or updates noted for the business.

The lockdown/curfew eased for most of Mena countries.

  • Egypt Egyptian authorities announced that new entry restrictions will be implemented from September 1, in an effort to curb the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the new restrictions, all travelers, including Egyptian nationals, will be required to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon entry into the country. Egypt began easing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 from the end of June. Whilst most sections of the economy have reopened, many must adhere to restricted capacity criteria and other health measures. Public transport has resumed but is prohibited from operating between 00:00 and 04:00. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government building, private offices, malls, retail outlets, and on public transport, including taxis.

    • As of Thursday, August 20, health authorities have confirmed a total of 96,914 COVID-19 cases with 5197 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term;

  • UAE The United Arab Emirates could reintroduce a de-facto overnight curfew in some areas of the country if there are a high number of COVID-19 infections there, a government official said. Government schools across the UAE began the academic year this week with one in four pupils attending in-person classes. In two weeks’ time, campus attendance will increase to 50 per cent with the Minister of Education saying there would be a gradual return of all pupils to school;

  • Algeria: Algerians hit the beaches on Saturday after authorities lifted some restrictions imposed five months ago to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, as cafes, restaurants and large mosques also reopened. A curfew is in effect in 29 of Algeria’s 48 provinces, including in Algiers, where the curfew is from 8pm to 5am. The other provinces covered by the curfew are: Boumerdes, Souk Ahras, Tissemsilt, Djelfa, Mascara, Oum El Bouaghi, Batna, Bouira, Relizane, Biskra, Khenchela, M’sila, Chlef, Sidi Bel Abbes, Médéa, Blida, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Tipaza, Ouargla, Bechar, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Annaba, Bejaia, Adrar, Laghouat, El Oued. Curfews are constantly being reviewed and revised and the curfew may be more restrictive in certain provinces or in certain areas of the provinces above for short periods of time as the health situation develops;

  • Turkey The government may consider introducing stricter measures in September to curb the spread of the coronavirus as daily new infections have spiked above 1,000 because of the public’s complacent behavior during summer vacation and the Eid al-Adha holiday, daily Hürriyet has reported;

    • Officials suggested that restrictions like the ones introduced in April may be re-imposed starting mid-September;

  • Jordan Nearly two million children returned to school in Jordan on Tuesday 01st of Sep 2020 after a five month-absence, although authorities were forced to suspend teaching in some areas due to a spike in cases of COVID-19, officials said;

    • Several schools for Palestinian refugees and state schools were closed in some neighborhoods of the capital, Amman, after cases doubled in the city of 3 million in recent days. Authorities hesitated in the last fortnight over reopening schools on September 1 after the country saw over 600 cases within just a week, its highest number of infections since March.

  • Lebanon The Lebanese government on August 19 announced new measures in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Lebanon. These measures include two weeks of increased restrictions from August 21 until September 6. Among these restrictions, a curfew will be in place from 2200-0600 daily; malls, gyms and restaurants will be closed, although restaurants will be permitted to make deliveries 0600-2200; social gatherings and events will be banned; and grocery stores will be allowed to operate from 0600-1700. Traffic to and from the airport is excepted from these restrictions. The general mobilization has been extended until 12/31/2020;

  • Morocco: extended on Thursday an emergency decree until September the 10th giving local authorities way in taking restrictive measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The cabinet maintained the decree in force to allow for restoring lockdowns on a region-by-region basis depending on the coronavirus developments. Individuals are required to carry an authorized permit to travel to and from the two cities. All forms of gatherings have also been banned. Shops, cafes and commercial centers are required to close at 22.00 (local time) and restaurants mush close from 23.00. Additionally, all access to beaches and public spaces have been banned and public transport services in the two cities will reduce capacity to 50 percent.

    • The country’s borders have been reopened only to Moroccan residents returning from foreign countries. A mandatory COVID-19 test will have to be taken within 48 hours of travelling and individuals entering the country will be subject to a seven-day isolation period followed by a second COVID-19 test. The borders remain closed to all foreign nationals and tourism until further notice;

  • Kuwait:The Kuwaiti government has urged its citizens and expatriates to continues abiding with coronavirus precautions and contain the spread of the highly contagious disease;

  • KSA: Saudi Arabia has lifted its nationwide curfew, but says other restrictions will remain. Authorities say all economic and commercial activities will resume, but bans on international travel and religious pilgrimages will not change.

Operations/Logistics;

  • Banks are working with 80% of its capacity;

  • Ports are still operational with slight reduction in capacity, same for inland transportation however airports are still facing many disruptions/delays;

  • Factories / roasters, 75% capacity.





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