Haiti — COVID-19 Border Monitoring — Situation Report 10 (24 - 31 May 2020)
May 31 2020
- Flow Monitoring
The COVID-19 outbreak first reported in the People’s Republic of China in late 2019 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March 2020. As of 31 May, approximately 5,930,000 confirmed cases had been reported in 187 countries, areas or territories according to WHO and the neighboring country Dominican Republic already reported that 17,572 individuals tested positive to the virus and 502 died from the disease. On 20 March, the first two cases were confirmed in Haiti and the country remains at high risk of rapid contagion given the weak health system, the proximity and porous border with Dominican Republic and the limited external connections now possible. In response, the Government of Haiti has communicated many important instructions to minimize the spread of the disease, particularly: closure of schools and factories, closure of airports and ports to passengers, banning of meetings of more than 10 people, nationwide curfew between 20:00 and 5:00 and plea for social distancing guidelines to be respected. At present, 2,226 cases of infection, 24 recoveries and 45 deaths have been confirmed in Haiti.