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Haiti nears 1,000 COVID-19 cases

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 3:57 PM

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Haiti is moving towards becoming the first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to register 1,000 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), that has so far killed 341,155 people and infected 5.2 million others worldwide.

The Ministry of Public Health, in its latest bulletin, said that the French-speaking CARICOM country had recorded 93 new cases, bringing the total to 958.

The Ministry said that one person had also died bringing the total number of deaths to 27 since the first case of the virus was detected on March 19.

It said that men continue to be the main victims with 61 per cent of the new cases recorded over the past 24 hours being males.

The Ministry said that the number of active cases now stands at 909 and that there were 3,115 suspected cases, an increase of 397 over the previous day’s figure.

In addition, 294 people remain hospitalised while 955 remain in home quarantine, an increase of 255 over the previous day’s figures.

Jamaica is the second CARICOM country with a high number of COVID-19 cases.

The island has reported 552 cases and nine deaths.

Earlier this month, the director of the Pan American Health Organisation, Dr Carissa Etienne, expressed concern at the rate of infection in Haiti warning of an “impending humanitarian crisis”.

She also highlighted the limited capacity of the Haitian health system, saying “there are few beds for treating COVID-19, insufficient numbers of health professionals and insufficient personal protective equipment.”

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