Worldview Security Update – February 25, 2020
26-Feb-20

ASIA

China / Iran / Bahrain / United Arab Emirates / Jordan (Security threat levels – 3 / 3 / 3 / 2 / 3): As of 25 February 2020, approximately 80,240 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported worldwide, with at least 2,705 fatalities.

In view of the notable increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Iran and South Korea, Jordanian authorities have banned the entry of non-Jordanian travelers from those countries. Other countries in the region have also imposed such restrictions; Bahrain has suspended all flights arriving from Dubai International Airport (OMDB/DXB) and Sharjah International Airport (OMSJ/SHJ) for 25-26 February, a suspension of approximately 15 flights per day. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are also suspending all flights to and from Iran in their respective countries. Additionally, Oman’s Salam Airways and its flag carrier Oman Air suspended flights to and from Iran after officials confirmed at least four cases of the virus in Oman.

India (Security threat level – 3): On 25 February 2020, tensions remain heightened in northeastern parts of the capital New Delhi following violent clashes between thousands of rival protesters demonstrating for and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) the previous day. As a precaution, Delhi metro stations, including Jafrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar, were closed on 25 February, and train services were terminated at the Welcome Metro Station. Authorities deployed over 1,000 armed police officers to the area… Nonetheless, violence broke out between rival groups of demonstrators and police officers. Groups of individuals vandalized shuttered businesses and threw stones at police officers. However, the number of violent incidents was notably lower compared to the previous day when at least nine people were killed and 150 others were injured Restrictions on public gatherings have been imposed in the most affected areas since the evening of 24 February; it remains unknown when the restrictions will be lifted.

EUROPE

Germany (Security threat level – 3): On 24 February 2020, a 29-year-old local man drove a vehicle into a crowd of people participating in a carnival parade in the town of Volkmarsen, located approximately 40 km (25 mi) northwest of the city of Kassel. Police officers arrested the driver of the vehicle at the scene. At least 52 people, including the driver of the vehicle, were injured in the crash. A police spokesperson stated that the vehicle was deliberately driven into the crowd, but no motive for the action has been established and police officers have been unable to question the suspect due to his injuries. Officials have canceled all further carnivals in the state of Hesse as a precaution.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Jamaica (Security threat level – 3): On 24 February 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Parishes throughout Jamaica

“Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to areas listed below, from using public buses, and from driving outside of proscribed areas of Kingston at night.

“Kingston

“Do not travel to the following areas

  • Cassava Piece
  • Downtown Kingston, defined as between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads. Downtown Kingston includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens.
  • Grants Pen
  • Standpipe
  • Duhaney Park
  • Mountain View Avenue between Deanery Road and Windward Road
  • Neighborhoods including Olympic Gardens, Cockburn Gardens, Seaview Gardens, and Denham Town.
  • The approved primary route to Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) is South Camp Road to Normal Manley Boulevard. The approved secondary route is Mountain View to Deanery Road to South Camp Road and then Norman Manley Boulevard.

“Clarendon Parish

“Do not travel to the following areas:

  • All of Clarendon Parish except passing through the Parish using the T1 and A2 highways.

“St. Catherine Parish

“Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Spanish Town
  • Central Village
  • Areas in Portmore to include Old Braeton, Naggo Head, Newland, and Waterford

“St. James Parish

“Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Neighborhoods in Montego Bay to include Flankers, Norwood, Glendevon, Paradise Heights, Rose Heights, Canterbury, and parts of Mount Salem.”

South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 25 February 2020, the U.S. Consulate Johannesburg issued a Demonstration Alert for Soweto, which reads in part as follows:

"Location: Soweto

“Event: A demonstration is expected in Soweto on Wednesday, February 26, from approximately 8:00AM – 1:00PM. Up to 5,000 protesters will march from Khumalo St in Orlando West to Eskom offices on Chris Hani Road in Diepkloof. Roads impacted by the march include (but are not limited to): Khumalo, Nicholas, Klipspruit Valley, and Chris Hani.”

South Korea (Security threat level – 2): On 24 February 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised its level of advice for South Korea to "Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel." The advisory reads in part as follows:

“Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Community Transmission “CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea. There is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.

“A novel coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness (COVID-19) in South Korea. Illness with this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Sore throat also has been reported in some patients. Some patients also have reported diarrhea without other symptoms. This new coronavirus has caused severe disease and death in patients who developed pneumonia. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness.”

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