Haiti — COVID-19 Border Monitoring — Weekly Situation Report 2 (29 March— 5 April 2020)
Period CoveredMar 29 2020
Apr 05 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 5 April, approximately 1,134,000 conﬁrmed cases had been reported in 178 countries, areas or territories according to WHO and the neighboring country Dominican Republic already reported 1,828 individuals infected and 86 deaths. On 20 March the ﬁrst two cases have been 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, 20 cases have been conﬁrmed in Haiti. IOM has adapted its ongoing Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) initiative along the Haiti– Dominican Republic border to support the ongoing preparedness and response. The Flow Monitoring initiative is being carried out in 50 Border Crossing Points between Haiti and the Dominican Republic: 46 unoﬃcial points and 4 oﬃcial points in collaboration with the Support Group for the Repatriated and Refugees (GARR in French), Jesuit Services to Migrants (SJM in French) and Jeannot Succès Border Network (RFJS in French).