Haitian Prime Minister Declares Victory Over Coronavirus Plague, but Celebration May be Premature

Haiti’s Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe stands for the national anthem at the end of his inauguration ceremony in the National Palace of Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Haiti has seen very few COVID-19 cases, but the impoverished population can’t afford to take the lockdown measures used in other countries.

The COVID-19 situation in Haiti has changed since we last reported. Haiti was one of the last Caribbean nations to order a lockdown, and the case count in Haiti has been quite low, with official counts at 43 cases and 3 deaths as of April 17.

As a result, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe recently declared victory over the coronavirus and reopened the country’s factories. Many warn, though, that the worst outbreak could still come. Read more MNN coronavirus coverage here.

Eve DeHart of For Haiti with Love says the first infections in the country came from air travel. “There were two active cases as the virus flew in from France. Of course, everyone on that plane was exposed. And that was Haiti’s first exposure to the virus. Prior to that landing, they didn’t have any. They immediately tried closing down the airport.”

Because of the rapid airport closure, crucial supplies did not make it to the burn clinic. “We were pretty devastated, but the Lord opened enough doors for them to get a permission to fly [a] cargo only flight. [In] only about two or three days our medicines were in place. We were ready before anything started taking place.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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  • Pray that Haiti really has seen the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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