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November 3, 2020
3-Nov-20

AMERICAS

Nicaragua / Honduras (Security threat levels – 4 / 4): As of 0600 local time (1100 UTC) on 3 November 2020, Hurricane Eta continued tracking toward Nicaragua, where it is expected to make landfall later in the morning as a potentially catastrophic storm. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the Category 4 storm was located approximately 45 km (30 mi) southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and was moving west-southwest at 6 kph (4 mph). At that time, the storm was posting maximum sustained winds of 230 kph, with higher gusts. Eta is expected to cause severe flooding and landslides across Central America, including primarily across Honduras and in central and northern Nicaragua. Storm surges of 14-21 ft (4-6.5 m) are expected along the Nicaragua coastline, while similar surges of 3-5 ft are expected along the coast of Honduras.

Through 6 November, the storm is forecast to produce 380-635 mm (15-25 in) of rain, with isolated maximums of 890 mm, in much of Nicaragua and Honduras; 255-510 mm of rain and isolated maximums of 635 mm in eastern Guatemala and southern Belize; 255-380 mm with isolated maximums of 635 mm over portions of Panama and Costa Rica; between 125-255 mm of rainfall, with isolated maximums of 380 mm, over Jamaica and southeast Mexico; and 75-125 mm of rainfall with isolated maximums of 255 mm is forecast over El Salvador, Southern Haiti and the Cayman Islands.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua. A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the northern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca westward to Punta Castilla.

ASIA

Philippines / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 4 / 1): As of 0900 UTC on 3 November 2020, Tropical Storm Atsani – known in the Philippines as Siony – was located approximately 730 km (455 mi) south of Kadena, Japan, and was moving southeast at 9 kph (6 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Atsani was generating maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 83 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to cross through the Luzon Strait between 5 and 6 November, and is likely to bring heavy rainfall to parts of northern Luzon Island in the Philippines and southern areas of Taiwan.

EUROPE

Austria (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 2000 local time (1900 UTC) on 2 November 2020, at least one gunman targeted six locations around Schwedenplatz – a square located in the central area of the capital city Vienna — in what authorities have described as an Islamist terrorist attack. The attack reportedly began in the vicinity of the Seitenstettengasse synagogue before the gunman moved to the other locations. police officers later shot and killed the attacker. Four people were killed, and 17 more were injured. Authorities have conducted a search of the deceased gunman’s apartment, and approximately 1,000 more police officers have been deployed throughout the city to assist in searching for any potential accomplices; authorities have made several arrests in relation to the shooting. Officials have also warned residents of Vienna to remain home if possible. The interior minister stated that the gunman was previously convicted in April 2019 of attempting to join the Islamic State in Syria but was released from prison in December 2019 because he was a juvenile.

Georgia (Security threat level – 3): On 3 November 2020, authorities announced that face masks will be mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public areas effective 4 November until further notice in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Violators of the order will be fined 20 Georgian lari (6.15 U.S. dollars) for each infraction. Authorities recorded 1,943 cases over the previous day.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Cabo Verde (Security threat level – 2): On 2 November 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Praia issued a Health Alert regarding COVID-19 restrictions, which reads in part as follows:

“Effective Thursday, November 5, all individuals are required to wear a face covering in public spaces including on sidewalks and roadways when around people who are not members of the same household. Children under the age of ten and individuals with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering are exempt from the requirement. Individuals who are exercising and able to social distance themselves are also exempt from the requirement. Anyone in violation of the law may be subject to a fine up to 15,000 CVE (approximately $158). U.S. citizens in Cabo Verde are reminded that all Cabo Verdean laws and regulations apply to them.

“The Government of Cabo Verde extended the “State of Calamity” designation for the islands of Santiago and Fogo until November 14. The other islands remain under a “State of Contingency.” These designations place certain restrictions on businesses and public gatherings, including time restrictions on restaurant operations as well as beach access in certain areas.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Chile (Security threat level – 2): On 2 November 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Santiago issued a Health Alert regarding the Ministry of Health’s adjustments to city-level quarantine measures, which reads in part as follows:

“As of November 2, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 513,188 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 November 2:

  • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 1 (Quarantine) to Phase 2 (Transition). This includes the removal of quarantine from Monday-Friday (begins Thursday, November 5 at 5:00 am): Pichidegua (VII Region), Curanilahue (VIII Region), Los Álamos (VIII Region), Frutillar (X Region), Fresia (X 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 (begins Thursday, November 5 at 5:00 am): Pozo Almonte (I Region), Tierra Amarilla (III Region), Vallenar (III Region), Copiapó (III Region), Viña del Mar (V Region), Valparaíso (V Region), Conchalí (RM), San Miguel (RM), San Ramón (RM), La Granja (RM), Puente Alto (RM), La Pintana (RM), Buin (RM), Rengo (VI Region), San Vicente (VI Region), San José de Mariquina (XIV Region)
  • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 3 (Preparation) to Phase 4 (Initial Opening). This includes the re-opening of cinemas and movie theaters, as well as indoor seating at restaraunts at limited capacity (begins Thursday, November 5 at 5:00 am): Cerrillos (RM).

“The following changes to quarantine were also announced (all changes begin Thursday, November 5):

  • With the exceptions below, the national curfew will be from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am
  • More restrictive curfews in place in the Magallanes Region remain in effect
  • Curfew in Puerto Montt will move up to 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Jordan (Security threat level – 3): On 3 November 2020, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding an upcoming curfew, which reads in part as follows: “On 2 November the Government of Jordan announced a curfew will be enforced following the announcement of 10 November election results. The curfew will start one hour after announcing the result. The announcement of election results is expected on the evening of 10 or on 11 November. The exact timing is yet to be confirmed, however the curfew is expected to be in place until 6am Sunday 15 November. You should monitor official announcements for timings.”

Lebanon (Security threat level – 4): On 2 November 2020, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding updated curfew hours, which reads in part as follows: “On 2 November the Lebanese government amended the curfew hours that had previously been in place. Movement is now prohibited between 9pm and 5am. Public and private gatherings such as weddings and funerals have been banned throughout the country until further notice – you should check with organisers before attending any function.

“The airport is operational and all passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.”

Uganda (Security threat level – 4): On 2 November 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Kampala issued a Security Alert regarding presidential nominations, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Kyambogo University sports grounds (Cricket Grounds), Kampala, Uganda

“Event: Second day of Presidential Nominations, November 3, 2020. There is an elevated potential for civil disturbances on Tuesday, November 3 in relation to the presidential nominations. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area and to avoid travel in Kampala to the extent possible. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to telework and consular appointments are limited to emergency services only on Tuesday, November 3.”

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