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Borders to reopen to international travelers from August 7

Category: Health and Medical

Severity: 2 (Low)

Source: Drum Cussac

08/06/2020 (Dominica) - The Dominican government announced that the country's borders will reopen to international travelers from Friday, August 7, after they were closed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision is part of a phased plan which began with the permitting of the return of nationals and residents from July 15. Those arriving in Dominica are required to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result dated between 24 and 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers are also required to complete an online health questionnaire 24 hours before arrival. Arrivals will also undergo health checks with those testing positive being required to self-quarantine for 14 days in a government facility or an approved hotel.
As of Thursday, August 6, 18 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Dominica. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
Context
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
* Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
* When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
* If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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