Haiti becomes first CARICOM country to register more than 1000 COVID-19 cases

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Four new deaths and 105 news cases were reported as Haiti became the first CARICOM country to register more than 1,000 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), health authorities reported Tuesday, CaribbeanNewsWeekly reports.

The Ministry of Public Health in its daily bulletin said that the pandemic is “accelerating throughout the national territory” and that the number of people infected in 24 hours “for the first time exceeds the bar of 100 cases to reach 105 new cases.”

Haiti now has a total on 1,173 cases of COVID-19. 33 deaths have been reported. Recoveries stand at 22.

As had been the case in previous reports, the Ministry of Health said that men continued to account for the majority of the cases with 60.3 per cent, while women were at 39.7 per cent.

The authorities said that the four deaths – three in the West and the other in Nippes – brought the total number of people who have died since the first COVID-29 case was recorded on March 19, to 31 and appealed to nationals to continue to follow the various guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

“The treatment of people infected with COVID-19 is provided free of charge by the Haitian state. The population must continue to follow the instructions of the health authorities. There can be no denial of the epidemic.

“We must change our behaviour today… if you have symptoms related to COVID-19, fever, dry cough, fatigue, contact a health care professional urgently,” said Eddy Jackson Alexis, Secretary of State for Communication

The Ministry of Public Health said the number of active cases is now 1.010 with 3,328 suspected cases while 294 people have been hospitalised and 104 people are quarantined at home.