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February 9, 2021


Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On the afternoon of 8 February 2021, police officers and soldiers clashed with anti-government demonstrators near the National Palace in the Champ-de-Mars area of the capital Port-au-Prince. The protesters threw stones at security personnel and attempted to walk up the steps of the National Palace. Police officers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters to repel the crowd; two journalists suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. President Jovenel Moise announced later that same day that he has retired the three Supreme Court justices selected by the opposition to lead a parallel government, despite not having the constitutional power to do so.


Myanmar (Security threat level – 4): On 9 February 2021, large-scale protests continued throughout Myanmar for a fourth consecutive day. Multiple demonstrations occurred in Yangon, including in front of the U.S. Embassy, at the National League for Democracy headquarters and at the Hledan Junction Skyway located in western Yangon, amid a heavy security presence. There were no reports of protest-related violence in the city. Earlier in the day, in an effort to limit the size of protests, authorities closed the Thanlyin-Yangon, Theketa and Hliang Thar Yar bridges — which all lead to downtown Yangon — from 0400 to 0800 local time (2130 to 0130 UTC).

In the capital Naypyitaw, security forces fired live rounds into the air and used rubber bullets to disperse protesters after using water cannons unsuccessfully. At least six people suffered injuries, including two individuals who were hospitalized in critical condition. In Mandalay, security forces used tear gas to disperse a large demonstration after several unsuccessful attempts with water cannons. Security forces also arrested approximately 100 to 200 protesters, including one journalist. In Bago, a city located approximately 60 km (38 mi) northeast of Yangon, security personnel also used water cannons to disperse a large demonstration. Protests were also reported in the cities of Magway, Monywa and Pathein.


France (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1100 local time (1000 UTC) on 8 February 2021, an Embraer Phenom 100 — registration number 9H-FAM — operated by Luxwing landed at Paris–Le Bourget Airport (LFPB/LBG) without deploying its landing gear. The aircraft, en route from Italy’s Venice Marco Polo Airport (LIPZ/VCE), skidded along the runway before coming to rest in a section of grass. A small fire broke out, but was quickly extinguished by emergency workers. The three people aboard the aircraft reportedly suffered minor injuries. Authorities have launched an investigation into the crash.

Netherlands (Security threat level – 2): On 8 February 2021, the Dutch government extended a countrywide 2100 to 0430 local time (2000-0330 UTC) nightly curfew through the morning of 3 March in a continued effort to stem the rapid spread of COVID-19. The curfew caused several days of unrest across the Netherlands after it was initially enacted on 23 January. Police officers are enforcing the curfew and issuing citations to violators; nearly 7,000 people were fined during the previous week. A countrywide lockdown is also in effect until at least 2 March, although businesses are now allowed to offer curbside pick-up services. The government is scheduled to review current lockdown measures on 23 February. Detailed information regarding measures employed to combat the spread of COVID-19 is available here.


Chile (Security threat level – 2): On 8 February 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Santiago issued a Health Alert following adjustments to city-level quarantine measures, which reads in part as follows: “As of February 8, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 755,350 cases of COVID-19 in Chile. The government of Chile has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The following new measures were announced by the Chilean government on February 8:

  • The imposition of a quarantine for the following comunas (begins Thursday, February 11 at 5:00 am): Vichuquén (VII Region), Empedrado (VII Region), Parral (VII Region), Purén (IX Region), Collipulli (IX Region), Melipeuco (IX Region), Loncoche (IX Region)
  • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 1 (Quarantine) to Phase 2 (Transition). This includes the lifting of quarantine Monday-Friday (begins Thursday, February 11 at 5:00 am): Huara (I Region), San Vicente (VI Region), Romeral (VII Region), Curicó (VII Region), Maule (VII Region), Molina (VII Region), Teno (VII Region), San Javier (VII Region), Tomé (VIII Region), Coronel (VIII Region), Hualpén (VIII Region), Penco (VIII Region), Talcahuano (VIII Region), Chiguayante (VIII Region), Hualqui (VIII Region), San Pedro de la Paz (VIII Region), Concepción (VIII Region), Nacimiento (VIII Region), Mulchén (VIII Region), Negrete (VIII Region), Galvarino (IX Region), Temuco (IX Region), Vilcún (IX Region), Valdivia (XIV Region), Paillaco (XIV Region)
  • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 2 (Transition) to Phase 3 (Preparation). This includes the lifting of quarantine on the weekends and holidays (Thursday, Feburary 11 at 5:00 am): Concón (V Region), Villa Alemana (V Region), Quilpué (V Region), Recoleta (RM), Santiago Centro (RM), La Florida (RM), San Ramón (RM), La Granja (RM), La Pintana (RM), Puente Alto (RM), Machalí (VI Region), Freire (IX Region), Angol (IX Region)
  • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 3 (Preparation) to Phase 4 (Initial Opening). This the resumption of indoor dining in restaruants, as well as the reopening of theaters and cinemas with limited capacity (begins Monday, February 8 at 5:00 am): San Pedro (RM), Tiltil (RM), Alhué (RM)
  • The downgrading of the following comunas from Phase 3 (Preparation) to Phase 2 (Transition). This includes the reimposition of quarantines on the weekends and holidays (begins Thursday, February 11 at 5:00 am): La Ligua (V Region), Doñihue (VI Region), Palmilla (VI Region), San Nicolás (XVI Region), Contulmo (VIII Region), Tucapel (VIII Region), Carahue (IX Region).”

Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 4): On 8 February 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding Ebola virus disease in North Kivu province, which reads in part as follows: “On 7 February 2021, a new case of Ebola was confirmed in Biena health zone, in North Kivu province in eastern DRC, in the same province as a previous outbreak. This is the first Ebola case reported since the last outbreak in Equateur Province was declared over on 18 November 2020.

“Further information and updates on Ebola can be found on the WHO website. ”

Niger (Security threat level – 5): On 8 February 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Niamey issued a Demonstration Alert regarding protests planned through 16 February, which reads in part as follows: “Starting tomorrow February 9th, and continuing until February 16th, there will be planned student demonstrations throughout Niamey. Most of these annual demonstrations will commence at the University of Niamey and ending at Yantala Cemetery. There may be a corresponding increase in police presence and traffic delays on major routes throughout town. Please exercise caution and plan alternate routes.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Sweden (Security threat level – 2): On 8 February 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Sweden, which reads in part as follows: “From 6 February until 31 March all foreign nationals, including from the UK, must provide a negative COVID-19 test before entering Sweden. The Swedish Border Police accept tests from an authorised provider including those on this list. This test must be taken within 48 hours of arrival in Sweden. British citizens who live in Sweden and those travelling for urgent family reasons are exempt from this requirement. A full list of exemptions is available on the website of the Swedish Government. Further information is available on the website of the Swedish Police Authority.”