Haiti Declares State of Emergency Due to COVID-19

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Health ministry workers check the temperature of mask-wearing fans as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, before entering the stadium prior to the start of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying soccer match between Haiti and Belize in Port-au-prince, Haiti, Thursday, March 25, 2021. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haiti, rocked by 933 new cases and 38 deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) since the start of this month, has issued a state of health emergency throughout the country for an eight-day period.

The Ministry of Public Health is also reporting the presence of the contagious English and Brazilian variants of the virus.

It said that President Jovenel Moise during an extraordinary virtual Council of Ministers meeting issued the decree later published in the Official Journal Le Moniteur declaring the state of health emergency throughout the country.

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According to the decree, wearing a mask is compulsory in all places frequented by the population, including public transport. It also calls for the compulsory installation of handwashing points in all public and private buildings.

“Temperature taking is compulsory in all private and public institutions, in particular financial institutions, places of worship, schools, universities, hospitals, health centers, offices, and in all embarkation and disembarkation points of passengers,” according to the decree, adding that people must observe social distancing and that staff working in public and private institutions are reduced to 50 percent of their normal capacity and homework is encouraged.

It said that a curfew will be in effect from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am (local time).

According to the latest figures released, Haiti has recorded 14,037 confirmed cases and 292 deaths since the start of the pandemic in March last year.

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