COVID-19 | Haiti extends the state of health emergency by 15 days

COVID-19 | Haiti extends the state of health emergency by 15 days
COVID-19 | Haiti extends the state of health emergency by 15 days

(Port-au-Prince) Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on Tuesday announced the extension of the state of health emergency for 15 days in the face of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Posted on 1is June 2021 at 3:19 pm

France Media Agency

“We know things are serious. Some hospitals even claim to be saturated, ”he said in a speech broadcast live on social networks.

Over the past ten days, more than forty people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in hospitals, while since March 2020, less than 300 deaths have been officially attributed to the epidemic in Haiti.

On May 24, following the detection of the Alpha and Gamma variants in the country (respectively identified for the first time in the United Kingdom in December 2020 and in Brazil in January 2021), the health authorities declared a first state of health emergency. for eight days.

The curfew introduced from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. is therefore renewed, as is the compulsory wearing of a mask in all public spaces.

This measure, introduced in May 2020, has so far only been respected by a minority of Haitians, despite the promiscuity in public transport and markets.

If the exam schedule remains unchanged, graduation ceremonies and other celebrations traditionally organized at the end of the school year are prohibited.

Jovenel Moïse, whose legitimacy is contested by the political opposition and a large part of civil society, called for a national agreement.

“The coronavirus doesn’t need to know which political party you are from, it doesn’t need to know your skin color, your level of wealth or your social background. The corona hits everyone ”, underlined the Haitian Head of State.

Haiti is one of ten countries in the world that have not yet started their vaccination campaign. The country should receive 130,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine “by the end of June or early July”, according to indications previously provided by the Minister of Health.

The Caribbean island will receive these vaccines through the Covax program, a funding mechanism that provides 92 low and middle income economies with access to valuable doses.

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