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Angola: Police statistics underscore crime risks, need for precautions
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:47:11 EST
The Angolan National Police on 20 November released the crime statistics for July to September, which show that the area experiencing the most crime is the capital Luanda. At least 18,000 crimes occurred across the country during this period; Luanda saw the most with 6,286 cases and Huila province the second-most with 1,315. Robberies were the most common crime, with 3,991 cases countrywide, 2,625 of those in Luanda. The statistics reinforce the risks posed by high levels of crime in the country, particularly in Luanda, and the need for members to exercise heightened vigilance at all times.
Asia & the Pacific: Exercise caution following earthquakes east-south-east of Sainyabuli near Thailand-Laos border (Revised)
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:31:40 EST
Members should exercise caution and follow all official directives following two earthquakes that struck near the Thailand-Laos border early on 21 November. According to the US Geological Survey, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck east-south-east of Sainyabuli (Sainyabuli province) in Laos at 04.03 (local time). It was followed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake centred in the same area at 06.50. Both earthquakes occurred at a depth of six miles (10km).
Asia & the Pacific: Hong Kong: Avoid areas affected by road closures in Hung Hom; expect unscheduled protests, disruption until 23 November (Revised)
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:59:16 EST
Members in Hong Kong until 23 November should continue to exercise increased vigilance and anticipate unscheduled protests and associated disruption. They should also avoid the area around Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hung Hom, including Chatham and West Kowloon roads, due to road closures. While clashes did not occur on 20 and 21 November along Austin and Nathan roads in Tsim Tsa Shui (both Kowloon), short-notice protests are possible so long as protesters are present inside PolyU. All gatherings may cause short-notice disruption to movement, as protesters may again block roads and vandalise Mass Transit Railway (MTR) facilities.
Asia & the Pacific: Monitor developments, exercise caution around district council elections scheduled for 24 November
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:25:51 EST
Members should monitor developments related to the Hong Kong district council elections scheduled for24 November. Officials have warned that ongoing unrest could force a postponement of the poll. This is likely to lead to an uptick in protests as the election of district councillors has an impact on the selection of the chief executive, which relates to one of the protesters’ key demands. Members should continue to anticipate and avoid demonstrations, especially around flashpoint protest locations (see separate report). Travellers should also avoid all election-related gatherings and polling stations as a precaution.
Australia: Bushfires affecting air quality
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:16:52 EST
Latest update: more states affected. Several bushfires burning in multiple locations across the states of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia are affecting air quality. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying heart and lung disease (high-risk groups) are particularly vulnerable. To lessen the risk of potential health problems, reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors. Defer all travel to any non-urban areas under a Catastrophic Fire Danger warning and defer non-essential travel to non-urban areas under an Extreme Fire Danger warning. For more information visit the International SOS Air Pollution website and monitor the Travel Security Online advisory for details on areas with Fire Danger warnings in place.
Australia: Queensland, New South Wales states: Plan travel with precautions accounting for fire danger warnings (Revised)
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:54:01 EST
Members in Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) states over the coming days should continue to plan travel accounting for fire danger warnings related to ongoing bushfires. Catastrophic Fire Danger (the highest fire danger level) warnings that had been issued for several regions of NSW have now been lifted. However, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service has issued an emergency warning for a large bush fire burning at Myall Creek Road in Richmond Valley (NSW). Members should be prepared to defer or change travel plans at short notice, especially for journeys to non-urban areas.
Bangladesh: Dhaka, environs: Transport strike called off; anticipate residual disruption
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:08:32 EST
Transport workers have called off an indefinite strike following successful negotiations with the government. The industrial action began on 18 November over the new Road Transport Act, which participants argued was too stringent. Related protests and roadblocks on 20 November caused major road disruption, including along the Dhaka-Mymensingh, Dhaka-Sylhet, Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Chittagong highways inNarayangani (Dhaka division), south of the capital Dhaka. Members in and around Dhaka should anticipate residual disruption.
Bolivia: Continue to defer travel until at least 26 November; minimise movement following president's resignation
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:54:33 EST
Members should continue to defer in-bound travel to Bolivia until at least 26 November and non-essential staff should depart due to unrest related to the current political crisis. Essential staff remaining in-country should minimise movement in the coming days. Disturbances and looting have continued in the capital La Paz and other cities following former president Evo Morales' resignation on 10 November. Demonstrations involving localised clashes between Morales loyalists, opposition supporters and the security forces are likely to persist, posing incidental risks to bystanders. Food and fuel shortages have been reported in La Paz and Cochabamba (Cochabamba department) due to roadblocks.
Burkina Faso: HIGH travel risk zones: Recent attacks highlight need to avoid non-essential travel
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:40:49 EST
Unidentified gunmen attacked a security outpost in Arbinda (Soum province, Sahel region) on 20 November, during which one gendarme and 18 assailants died. On 6 November, gunmen ambushed a mining convoy along the Ougarou-Boungou axis, approximately 25 miles (40km) from Boungou (Gnagna province, Est region). At least 37 people were killed and more than 60 others injured in the attack, which targeted five buses carrying employees and contractors along with a military escort. These incidents underline the need for members to avoid all non-essential travel to HIGH travel risk areas due to the credible risks from militancy.
Chile: Continue to anticipate, avoid further demonstrations despite announcement of constitutional referendum
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:25:46 EST
Members in the capital Santiago and other urban centres should continue to anticipate and avoid further protests, despite the government announcing a constitutional referendum in April 2020. The National Association of Fiscal Employees (ANEF) announced they would hold protestsuntil 22 Novemberin major urban centres across the country. Demonstrations are likely to continue to be well attended and disruptive, often involving roadblocks and unrest, posing incidental risks to bystanders. Protests are likely outside government buildings, in major public squares (plazas) and around university campuses.
China: Plague cases in Inner Mongolia
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:43:48 EST
Latest update: Contacts released from medical isolation. At least two cases of pneumonic plague and a case of bubonic plague have been reported from Inner Mongolia autonomous region in northern China. Plague is caused by a bacterium which mainly affects rodents. It is transmitted to humans through flea bites. Infected people can transmit the disease to other people in close contact with them. Prevent infection by avoiding flea bites, maintaining strict hygiene precautions, and avoiding contact with sick people.
Colombia: Cali: Stand fast until morning of 22 November following institution of curfew
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:05:13 EST
Members in Cali (Valle del Cauca department) should stand fast until the morning of 22 November following the institution of a curfew. No persons are allowed outdoors from 19.00 (all times local) on 21 November until 06.00 until 22 November. The order was issued following protests earlier in the day, in which vandalism was reported and roadblocks were erected.
Colombia: Urban centres: Minimise movement, anticipate disruption linked to national strike on 21 November
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:25:04 EST
Members in the capital Bogota and other cities on21 Novembershould minimise movement in anticipation of disruptive demonstrations linked to a national strike on the day. Labour unions and civil society groups will join the industrial action, being held over protests against the government's labour, social and economic policies. Additional security force personnel will be deployed to minimise disruption on the day. However, civil aviation workers are due to observe the strike at airports from06.00 to 10.00(local time). They will march towards the vicinity of El Dorado International Airport causing notable disruption, and this could affect flight schedules. All overland border crossings with Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela have been closed until 05.00on22 November.
Congo (DRC): North Kivu province: Militia attacks, ongoing military operation underscore need to avoid travel to rural areas (Revised)
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:43:17 EST
Presumed Uganda-based Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants on 19 November attacked Beni and nearby Oicha (North Kivu province), reportedly killing at least 19 people and abducting ten others. Local residents in Beni territory on 20 November protested against insecurity and perceived inaction by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). This follows the 15-16 November militant attacks on Mbau in Beni and Oicha, which left at least 20 people dead. The incidents come amid an ongoing military operation against armed groups in Beni and highlight the EXTREME travel risks in rural areas of North Kivu.
Congo (DRC): Polio cases
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:02:12 EST
Latest update: further cases confirmed, new area affected. Polio cases due to strains of "circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2" (cVDPV2) have been reported in many provinces. The cVDPV strain can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Polio is a contagious viral illness that causes paralysis and death. The infection is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date.
Costa Rica: Increasing in dengue activity
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:49:31 EST
Latest update: outbreak ongoing. There is an increase of dengue fever casesnationwide. The trend is expected to continue during the rainy season. The disease is spread mainly by mosquito bites. It can cause a range of symptoms including fever, headache and a rash. Some people, especially infants, pregnant women and those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Prevention is mainly by avoiding mosquito bites. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or travelling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission .
Dominican Republic: Malaria
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:25:44 EST
Latest update: increase in cases; affected areas updated. An increase in cases of malaria have been reported in La Cienega and Los Tres Brazos areas in Santo Domingo province. Malaria is present in some areas of Dominican Republic. The disease is spread through mosquito bites and can be fatal unless promptly treated. Early symptoms are flu-like, such as fever, head/body aches and general weakness. Symptoms of malaria can develop seven days after exposure, and prompt medical attention should be sought. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo: Plan journeys bypassing march on 24 November against gender-based violence
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:45:34 EST
Members in the capital Santo Domingo should anticipate disruption around a women's rights march on 24 November from Mirador del Sur Park. Participants will gather for the 'March of the butterflies against violence towards women' at the corner of Avenida Mirador Sur and Enrique Jimenez Moya at 09.00 (local time) before proceeding to Centro de los Heroes. Several feminist groups have organised the event to raise awareness and demand action to address the high national rate of gender-based violence, sexual abuse and murder.
Finland: Anticipate disruption, reconfirm transport schedules during strikes on 25 November
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:51:02 EST
Members in or travelling to/from the country on 25 November should reconfirm transport schedules during strikes by several transport-sector unions. The industrial action involves unions representing seafarers, and aviation and public transport workers. The 24-hour public transport work stoppage is due to start at 03.00 (local time) and will also affect the capital Helsinki. The aviation strike will impact ground services at all airports. The walkouts have been called to express solidarity with postal workers who have been striking since 11 November over salary-related grievances.
Georgia: Tbilisi: Avoid anti-government protests outside parliament on 25-26 November
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:37:21 EST
Members in the capital Tbilisi should avoid two planned anti-government protests around parliament, as a precaution. On 25 November, protesters will gather at Republic Square at 19.00 (local time) before marching to the legislative building to picket it. On 26 November, they will again picket the building in an attempt to force the cancellation of a plenary session. Protesters are calling on the government to resign over a failure to pass electoral reforms before 2020 elections. After the security forces' use of water cannon and other unrest around the parliament on 18 November (see our related report), further clashes cannot be ruled out.
Guinea: Avoid further anti-government demonstrations due to risk of unrest (Revised)
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:25:25 EST
Members in the capital Conakry and other main cities should anticipate and avoid further anti-government protests due to the risk of unrest. On 14 November, at least one person was killed in Conakry when the security forces disperse a crowd with tear gas, and according to unconfirmed reports, live ammunition. In Kindia (Kindia region), the security forces arrested several people, including the regional co-ordinator of the opposition Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) to prevent any gatherings. Another FNDC march is scheduled for 26 November in Conakry, though details are unavailable.
Guinea: Siguiri: Anticipate further protests by miners over temporary site closure
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:24:21 EST
Members in Siguiri (Kankan region) should anticipate further protests by miners over a temporary site closure. This occurred after members of the local Fatoya community occupied the facility and erected barricades on 15 November over a dispute linked to road improvements. While related rallies are likely to remain peaceful, there is a risk of localised disruption and scuffles.
India: Gurgaon: Avoid automobile workers' march on Highway 48 on 22 November; further protest planned on 27 November
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:11:13 EST
Members should expect disruption on 22 November along the section of National Highway 48 between IMT Manesar and the Mini-Secretariat in downtown Gurgaon (Haryana state) during protests by automobile workers over the layoff of contract workers. Another demonstration is scheduled for Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon on 27 November. Workers have been striking since 5 November and negotiations between unions and management continue. While these have eased tensions, localised violence around the protests remains possible.
Lebanon: Continue to defer non-essential travel; anticipate further protests, related disruption
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:41:25 EST
Members on essential travel in Lebanon in the coming days should continue to anticipate protests and associated disruption. Amid daily demonstrations, specific gatherings are planned on 22 November to commemorate Independence Day, and on 24 November outside the US embassy in Beit Awkar (Northern governorate) to condemn perceived foreign intervention in Lebanon's affairs. Meanwhile, efforts among political parties to appoint a new prime minister remain stalled. While banks have reopened, restrictions are still in place on withdrawals and transfers.
Marshall Islands: Dengue fever
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:25:01 EST
Latest update: further cases reported. Cases of dengue fever have been reported and a health emergency has been declared. The disease is spread mainly by mosquito bites. It can cause a range of symptoms including fever, headache and a rash. Some people, especially infants, pregnant women and those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Prevention is mainly by avoiding mosquito bites.
Mexico: Hidalgo state: Plan journeys bypassing Juandho-Tlahuelilpan road following pipeline explosion
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:42:22 EST
Members in Hidalgo state should plan journeys bypassing Juandho-Tlahuelilpan road (Highway 20) following a pipeline explosion between Tlahuelilpan and Tetepango municipalities (both Hidalgo) earlier on 20 November. The road has been closed and emergency services are working to put out the fire.
Myanmar: Shan state: Attack on Lashio Airport highlights need to continue to defer all travel to northern districts
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:21:39 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to the northern districts of Shan state following rocket attacks in Lashio town on 16 November. At least one person was injured after multiple artillery shells struck Lashio Airport (LSH, Shan state) and a residential area in the town; no group has claimed responsibility. The attack damaged a runway and the airport was temporarily closed to facilitate repairs. The airport reopened on 17 November and operations have normalised. The incident highlights the need to continue to defer all travel to the northern districts due to the HIGH risk posed by insurgent attacks.
Pakistan: Polio cases
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:38:24 EST
Latest update: additional cases.Both wild polio and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) have been detected in several locations. The cVDPV strains can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Polio is a contagious viral illness that causes paralysis and death. The infection is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date, including a booster, and selecting safe food and water.
Pakistan: Punjab province: Expect intermittent disruption caused by smog; reconfirm status of routes, transport
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:57:20 EST
Members in Punjab province in the coming days should expect intermittent travel disruption caused by smog. On 21 November, poor visibility caused by smog disrupted road traffic and flights at Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) in Lahore. Members should reconfirm the status of routes as well as flights at airports in Punjab, including Lahore, Multan (MUX) and Faisalabad (LYP).
Philippines: Northern Luzon: Plan journeys accounting for residual disruption in wake of tropical storms Ramon, Sarah (Revised)
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:28:59 EST
Members in northern Luzon island in the coming days should continue to plan journeys accounting for residual weather-related disruption. Flood advisories are still in place in several regions in the wake of two tropical storms: Ramon and Sarah. Flash floods were reported in low-lying areas of Cagayan province during the passage of Ramon, and around 5,000 people were evacuated. Flood advisories are still current for that province after the passage of Sarah, as well as the provinces of: Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain (all Cordillera Administrative Region), Isabela, Batanes (both Cagayan Valley region), Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union (all Ilocos region).
Russia: Arrest of suspected militants highlights latent threat of terrorism in MEDIUM risk areas, security force capabilities
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:59:00 EST
The Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on 20 November the arrest of three alleged members of the extremist Islamic State (IS) in Moscow oblast. According to the agency, the suspects were alleged recruiters of the group who had been recruiting people to fight in Syria since 2014. The arrests highlight the presence and latent threat posed by militancy even in MEDIUM travel risk areas of Russia, as well as the capabilities of the security forces to disrupt terrorist cells.
Samoa: Measles outbreak
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:54:06 EST
Latest update: further deaths reported, vaccination campaign underway. An outbreak of measles has been declared. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure that they are fully immunised against measles.
South Africa: South African Airways resumes limited domestic services; continue to reconfirm flights amid ongoing strike
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 04:07:59 EST
National carrier South African Airways (SAA) on 21 November resumed flights from Johannesburg (Gauteng province) to Cape Town (Western Cape province) and Durban (KwaZulu-Natal province), as well as Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). The airline had earlier resumed international services. However, an ongoing strike by SAA staff over wages and job cuts persists, with participants picketing airports. Negotiations between the airline and workers’ unions are due to be held from 25 November. Members should continue to reconfirm flight schedules before setting out.
Turkey: Urban centres: Anticipate localised disruption during rallies on 25 November
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:43:27 EST
Members in urban centres should anticipate localised disruption around planned gatherings on the UN-designated ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ on25 November. These are likely to pass off peacefully and occur amid heightened security.
Uganda: Kampala: Plan routes bypassing planned student demonstration on 21 November
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:13:26 EST
Members in the capital Kampala on 21 November should plan routes bypassing the vicinity of a planned demonstration at the Law Development Centre (LDC) as a precaution. More than 270 students are expected to join the protest to demand that the LDC release delayed examination results. The students plan to subsequently march from Gaddafi Road to the parliament building to present a petition.
United Kingdom: Increase in mumps
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 21:48:06 EST
Latest update: further cases reported. An increase in mumps cases has been reported nationwide. Cases reported this year have been significantly higher than those reported last year. Mumps is caused by a virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. It is highly contagious and nearly all cases occur among unvaccinated people. Symptoms include fever, painful and swollen glands, pain on swallowing and in men, the testes can become inflamed. Serious complications can occur. All travellers should ensure they are fully vaccinated against mumps.
United States: Denver (Colorado state): Expect possible sounds of gunfire in downtown area due to ongoing testing of police gunshot detection system
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:41:14 EST
The police are conducting controlled live-gunfire tests in downtown Denver (Colorado state) until 23.30 (local time) on 20 November.
United States: Florida dengue risk continues
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:21:46 EST
Health officials have issued an alert for mosquito-borne illness risk in Miami-Dade county, Florida, following the detection of another case of dengue fever. Dengue is spread by mosquito bites, and can cause a range of symptoms. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or travelling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
United States: Multistate E. coli outbreak
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:33:07 EST
Investigations are underway to determine the source of a outbreak of the bacteria E. coli, which has infected more than 15 people infected across at least eight states. Preliminary information has identified possible links to romaine lettuce and a pre-packaged salad. E. coli spreads through contaminated food, as well as from one person to another. It can cause gastroenteritis, with symptoms of abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, fever and vomiting typically occurring about three days after exposure. Most people recover in about ten days without treatment. Some people, especially young children and the elderly, can develop serious complications, including "haemolytic uraemic syndrome" (HUS). Authorities are currently advising the public not to eat Ready Pac Foods Bistro® Chicken Caesar Salads with a “Best By” date of October 31, 2019. To prevent food-borne infection - pay attention to hygiene, and ensure all fruit and vegetables are washed in safe water, and any meats are thoroughly cooked before consumption. Cooked foods are safest.
Venezuela: Yellow Fever
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:18:07 EST
A case of yellow fever has been confirmed in Bolivar State, an area known to be at risk of the disease. Yellow fever is a potentially severe viral illness spread via mosquito bites. It can be prevented through vaccination and by avoiding mosquito bites. Travellers visiting Bolivar State and any other areas at risk of yellow fever are reminded to be vaccinated at least ten days prior to arrival, carry their proof of vaccination and avoid mosquito bites. People who cannot be vaccinated should avoid risk areas. Travellers from Brazil arerequired to have proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter the country. Proof of yellow fever vaccination may also be required for onward travel.
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