Worldview Security Update – June 17, 2020
17-Jun-20

AMERICAS

  • Argentina / Canada / Mexico / United States

ASIA

  • China / India / Taiwan

EUROPE

  • Norway

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

  • Libya

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

  • Austria
  • Guinea

Hot Spots Report

AMERICAS

Argentina / Canada / Mexico / United States (Security threat levels – 3 / 2 / 4 / 2): Argentinian authorities in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area restricted access to public transportation to essential workers only in an effort to reduce passenger circulation and prevent further transmission of COVID-19. Transportation officials and police officers will enforce the new restrictions by reviewing permits on buses, trains and subways. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on 16 June announced that the country’s land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to nonessential travel until 21 July. Cross-border trade transport and essential personnel — including health care staff and emergency officials, as well as others who transit the border daily for work or to obtain basic necessities, such as food and medicine — remain exempt from the closure. The border restrictions were imposed on 21 March to contain the spread of COVID-19.

ASIA

China / India / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 3 / 3 / 1): On 17 June 2020, officials in China’s capital Beijing canceled approximately 1,300 flights scheduled to operate through Beijing Capital International Airport (ZBAA/PEK) and Beijing Daxing International Airport (ZBAD/PKX) due to a new local outbreak of COVID-19. Authorities also raised the COVID-19 alert for the capital to the second-highest level. Authorities have prohibited residents from leaving a neighborhood — located near the Xinfadi market, the epicenter of the new outbreak, in southwestern Fengtai district — deemed high-risk. Additionally, residents in at least 27 other neighborhoods deemed medium-risk are subject to temperature screenings and registration when traveling. Authorities encourage residents to remain in the city and are reportedly testing all inbound and outbound travelers for COVID-19. At least 137 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Beijing since 15 June.

In India, Tamil Nadu’s chief minister announced that a 12-day lockdown will be imposed on the state capital Chennai as well as areas in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts beginning on 19 June. Essential businesses and services will remain operational. However, private vehicles and taxis will be banned from using roadways except for emergencies, and residents will only be allowed to shop for essential goods at stores within 2 km (1.2 mi) of their homes.

In Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that as of 22 June business travelers from locations that the CECC classifies as “low” or “low-to-moderate” risk of COVID-19 transmission will be allowed to enter the island. These locations include Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Additionally, travelers allowed to enter can apply for a reduction to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period provided an absence of COVID-19 symptoms and no travel history to any other country at least 14 days prior to arrival in Taiwan. Additionally, travelers from “low” risk areas may pay for a COVID-19 test on the fifth day of quarantine, while individuals from “low-to-moderate” risk locations can apply for a test on the seventh day of quarantine. The CECC will update country risk statuses every two weeks.

EUROPE

Norway (Security threat level – 2): Norwegian Air expects to resume flights on 76 routes across Europe commencing on 1 July 2020 due to increased customer demand. Additionally, the airline will add 12 aircraft to service the additional routes. Likely contributing to the increase in customer demand, the EU Commission on 15 June abolished internal border within the EU initially imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and recommended that member states gradual lift travel restrictions starting on 1 July.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Libya (Security threat level – 5): On 17 June 2020, the internationally recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli extended the country’s ban on international commercial flights until at least 27 June in an effort slow the spread of COVID-19. Authorities initially suspended flights on 16 March in response to the pandemic.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Austria (Security threat level – 2): On 17 June 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Austria, which reads in part as follows: "Measures are in place throughout Austria, affecting all areas of everyday life. Fabric face masks are compulsory on public transport, in pharmacies and doctors’ offices, and for services where social distancing is not possible (such as hairdressers’). People who do not live together must keep at least a metre apart from each other in public."

Guinea (Security threat level – 4): On 17 June 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Guinea, which reads in part as follows:

“The President has extended the health state of emergency from 15 June for up to 30 days.
“Movement is limited out of Conakry although there is now no limit to movement to Conakry.
“There is a limit of 30 people assembling for marriage, baptism and funeral services in Conakry and 100 people in the interior of the country. Schools and mosques are closed, as well as bars. However some school openings from 29 June and reopening from 22 June of places of worship exclusively in the areas which have not recorded any cases of Covid-19 for a period of at least 30 days.
“There is a curfew from 11pm to 4am in Greater Conakry including Coyah and Dubéreka.”