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Dominican Republic / Guyana (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): On 1 March 2021, authorities in the Dominican Republic announced modifications to the current coronavirus-related nightly curfew. As of 3 March, the curfew will be in effect from 2100 to 0500 local time (0100-0900 UTC) Monday through Friday and from 1900 to 0500 local time on Saturday and Sunday; a curfew grace period will be in place for those in transit until 0000 local time Monday through Friday and until 2200 local time on Saturday and Sunday. The new curfew hours are set to last through 17 March. At present, the curfew runs from 1900 to 0500 local time Monday through Friday and from 1700 to 0500 local time on Saturday and Sunday.
The government of Guyana extended nationwide restrictions until 31 March to curb the spread of COVID-19. The government of Guyana extended nationwide restrictions until 31 March to curb the spread of COVID-19. Under the restrictions, a nightly curfew remains in effect from 2230 to 0400 local time (0230-0800 UTC). Meanwhile, all gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, and face masks are required in public spaces. Additionally, entertainment venues — such as bars, clubs, cinemas, discotheques, rum shops and public pools – are closed, while private parties and receptions are banned.
Myanmar (Security threat level – 4): On 2 March 2021, demonstrations against the 1 February military coup continued in Myanmar, despite an escalating use of force by security personnel in an effort to quell the protests. In the northwestern town of Kale, police officers fired live ammunition at protesters in the afternoon hours after initially deploying tear gas and rubber bullets in a failed attempt to disperse the crowd. At least three protesters suffered critical gunshot wounds and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters — many wearing hard hats and carrying homemade shields — gathered in several neighborhoods in Yangon, the country’s largest city, where security personnel fired multiple rounds of tear gas at protesters, including near the popular Yuzana Plaza. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to Sanchaung township to deter the protesters, who engaged in standoffs with the officers. Elsewhere in Myanmar, police officers forcibly dispersed anti-junta demonstrations in the second-largest city Mandalay as well as in the southeastern town of Dawei.
Algeria (Security threat level – 4): On 1 March 2021, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced that the country’s airspace and borders will remain closed until further notice due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and concern over the emergence of the U.K. variant of the virus. In addition to continuing the closures, Algerian authorities have suspended repatriation flights to the country until at least 31 March. Algerian airspace and borders have been closed since 17 March 2020.
Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On 2 March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a no-fly zone over Zamfara state due to increased insecurity in the area. The president also announced a ban on all mining activities in the state until further notice. Militants have executed several small-scale attacks against villages throughout the state in recent weeks, and on 26 February kidnapped a total of 279 students from a boarding school in Jangebe, Zamfara. While the students have since been released, the local and federal governments maintain that no ransom was paid for their release.
Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On the evening of 1 March 2021, militants associated with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) launched an attack on a U.N. base in the northeastern town of Dikwa, which is located in Borno state approximately 90 km (55 mi) east of the state capital Maiduguri. The militants set ablaze the humanitarian hub, forcing at least 25 staff members to take shelter in a bunker; however, no aid workers were reported injured. The militants captured the town, despite the arrival of military reinforcements deployed from the city of Marte — located about 40 km away from Dikwa.
Vietnam (Security threat level – 3): On 1 March 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi alerts U.S. citizens to the rise in attacks against foreign women in Hanoi. Hanoi police are currently investigating attacks on foreign women around the Tay Ho West Lake area of Hanoi. Police state that a group of 25 men are suspected of carrying out the attacks which have included sexual assault, bricks being thrown at women, and women being assaulted with belts from motorbikes. The attackers tend to work in groups and flee quickly on motorbikes.
“We urge U.S. citizens to practice vigilance and consider traveling in groups when walking or jogging in that area. U.S. citizens who are or have been targets of similar incidents are encouraged to report the incident to local police and to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. Emergency contact information is available here. Consular and duty officers are available 24/7 for emergency assistance.”