Normal movement may resume in the vicinity of 1200 Crossman Avenue in Sunnyvale, CA following the conclusion of a security operation. The street was closed, and several buildings were evacuated due to a suspicious package, which has been declared harmless.
Today, as well as June 25 and 26, travelers in San Jose and other urban centers should avoid all protests during strikes by the APSE and ANDE teachers’ unions. The work stoppages are being held against draft bills, which, if passed, would limit the right to strike and reduce the education budget. Related marches were held on June 7, 11, and 18 from Central Park to the Legislative Assembly building. Further rallies may follow the same route.
An increase in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) has been reported in Peru. Most cases experienced a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection prior to developing GBS. Guillain-Barre is not contagious; it is a rare, potentially severe, muscular weakness which can be triggered by viral or bacterial infection. Travelers should prevent respiratory and gastrointestinal illness by paying attention to hygiene and selecting safe food and water.
Today through Friday, June 21, travelers in urban centers, including Caracas, should avoid opposition-led protests due to the risk of unrest. Juan Guaido, the National Assembly-recognized interim President, has called for nationwide demonstrations in response to the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to the country. While specific times and locations have not been announced, activists are likely to gather outside of government buildings.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Central African Republic
Travelers in Bangui should avoid anti-government protests by the E Zingo Biani (EZB) coalition over alleged electoral collusion between signatories of an African Unionbrokered peace deal. The group will stage protests on Saturday, June 22 at 3:00 PM local time at St Jacques Field and on June 29 at Stade de Begoua. Both gatherings are likely to be banned. Security forces fired live ammunition to disperse crowds during an unauthorized rally on June 15, highlighting incidental risks for bystanders.
Travelers are reminded of the latent risks posed by Islamist militancy after authorities announced they had foiled attacks in Abidjan on June 12. Security forces have arrested nearly a dozen militants in Mali and Burkina Faso linked to the plot. Travelers should continue to exercise vigilance and follow all directives issued by authorities.
An outbreak of dengue fever is affecting East Timor. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. 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 traveling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Travelers should monitor developments following rocket attacks last night. In Mosul, a rocket landed at around 10:30 PM local time outside the Nineveh Operations Command, which hosts US forces. At 3:45 AM local time today, at least one rocket landed outside the headquarters of several oil companies near Zubayr, injuring three Iraqi Nationals. While no group has claimed responsibility, the incidents come amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.
People with measles infections continue to be identified in many locations in Israel. Infected individuals have been in public places, exposing people who are not immune to the disease, and hastening its spread. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in undervaccinated 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 travelers should ensure that they are fully immunized against measles.
Today, travelers in Nairobi should plan routes bypassing a march by human rights and activist groups in solidarity with opposition protesters in Sudan. Participants will gather near Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park at 9:00 AM local time. The exact route has not been made public; however, participants may proceed via Kenyatta Avenue towards the bus stop outside the Kencom House building, where a Sudan solidarity vigil was held on June 13. That vigil was dispersed by police using tear gas.
Today, travelers in Beirut should avoid an ongoing unruly demonstration by retired soldiers in front of the Finance Ministry building. The protest is being held over proposed pension cuts. Demonstrators intend to disrupt operations by denying staff entry to the building. Scuffles occurred between protesters and security forces after staff entered through an alternative entry. This prompted the retired soldiers to temporarily block Bechara al-Khoury Street.
On Sunday, June 23, travelers in Rabat should avoid a protest to denounce possible renewed peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Protesters will gather at 10:00 AM local time in Bab El Had Square. The event, which is likely to be well attended but peaceful, has been organized by groups who say that the initiative is biased against Palestinians. The plan is due to be unveiled at a US-led international conference in the Bahraini capital of Manama on June 25-26.
Travelers north of Niamey are reminded of the need for stringent security measures due to travel risks posed by militancy. This follows an attack at around 11:30 PM local time yesterday by unidentified gunmen on a police post in Kone Beri along the Niamey-Ouallam Road (RN24), approximately 20 miles north of Naimey. According to unconfirmed reports, two police officers were killed, and at least one other injured. Travelers are advised to avoid Kone Beri until the situation has stabilized.
Today, travelers in Cape Town should plan routes bypassing an ongoing demonstration by university students in the Wynberg suburb. Participants have gathered at Kenilworth Railway Station and plan to march towards the National Student Aid Financial Scheme (NSAFS) Headquarters in Wynberg. The students are demanding reforms within the country’s tertiary education sector.
Today, travelers in Johannesburg should plan routes bypassing protests that aim to bring Alexandra Township to a standstill. Residents are demanding new housing for families affected by recent demolitions of informal settlements. Previous protests on June 1 erupted into violence, with police firing rubber bullets at protesters blocking roads.
On Friday, June 21, travelers in Lusaka should avoid a “Yellow Card Against Corruption” demonstration scheduled to take place opposite the Arcades Mall from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time. The event is being organized by prominent local activists to denounce a perceived increase in corruption. Although authorities have denied permission for the event, the organizers have vowed to go ahead with the gathering unless an alternative date is given. Travelers should monitor for any changes in the timings and locations for the event.
Cyclone Idai and associated heavy rains have led to extensive damage and flooding in parts of the country. A State of Disaster has been declared in parts of Manicaland province. The number of injuries and fatalities is expected to rise. Infrastructure damage has occurred including power, communications, and health facilities. Food and safe drinking water may be limited. Increased health risks posed by the flood waters include injury, diarrheal diseases, skin infections, and insect-borne diseases.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Additional cases of dengue have been reported in Cambodia. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. 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 traveling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
A significant increase in measles cases has been reported in some parts of the country, including Tokyo. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in undervaccinated 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 travelers should ensure that they are fully immunized against measles.
Travelers in areas affected by a magnitude 6.4 offshore earthquake, which struck around 19 miles southwest of Tsuruoka yesterday, should continue to exercise caution due to the potential for further aftershocks. These include Ishikawa, Niigata, and Yamagata prefectures. Several aftershocks have been recorded, the strongest measuring magnitude 4.1. At least 21 people have been injured, and minor damage to buildings in Niigata and Yamagata has been reported. Disruption to electricity and rail services has largely eased.
Cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 have been reported in Yangon. This “swine flu” virus has been circulating worldwide for nearly a decade as a seasonal flu virus. The current flu vaccine protects against it. Influenza is a viral illness, causing a sudden fever, cough, headache, weakness, and muscle pain. Most people do not require hospital treatment and recover on their own, though some cases can be serious or even fatal. Pregnant women, adults over 65, and young children are at higher risk of severe illness. Travelers should consider annual vaccination and pay close attention to hygiene to prevent flu infections.
Today, passengers transiting Changi Airport (SIN) should reconfirm itineraries after nearly 40 flights were delayed or canceled due to drones flying in the vicinity of the facility, forcing the closure of one runway.
Travelers in the Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, Marmara, and Mediterranean regions should plan journeys accounting for further disruption due to poor weather. The Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) has warned of thunderstorms and heavy rain, including the risk of local flooding, through Friday, June 21. Yesterday, a section of the Izmir-Ankara E96 Highway in Manisa province was temporary closed due to flooding. Ankara-Istanbul high-speed trains have also been suspended. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
Travelers in urban centers should expect and avoid further weekly anti-government protests. In Prague, well-attended rallies are likely to continue to take place on Tuesdays in Wenceslas Square. A related mass demonstration is also planned at 4:30 PM local time on Sunday, June 23 in Prague’s Letna Park. Previous gatherings on June 4 and 11 drew thousands of participants.
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 inflammation of the testes in men. Serious complications can occur. All travelers should ensure they are fully vaccinated against mumps.
On Friday, June 21, travelers in Eindhoven should plan journeys avoiding a rally by the far-right Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) group outside the Al-Fourqaan Mosque. A previous planned demonstration on June 15 was banned by authorities, which led to the group distributing leaflets outside the mosque instead. The group is planning another leaflet campaign on Saturday, June 22. Previous gatherings have seen scuffles between demonstrators and counter-protesters. An increased police presence should be expected around all gatherings due to the risk of unrest.
Tomorrow, travelers in Moscow should plan journeys accounting for traffic disruption due to road closures linked to a graduation ceremony in the city center. Heightened security is also likely in the vicinity of the event.
Today, travelers in Kharkiv should avoid a demonstration at the City Council over the proposed name change of a road. Reports indicate that security personnel have gathered in the area in anticipation of a significant turnout.