Haiti, Jamaica among countries Japanese told to avoid

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Japan has raised its travel alert to level three for 18 more countries and has included Haiti among destinations to be avoided by its citizens, as a result of its increased cases of COVID-19.

Japan has also named Cuba, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines as countries to be avoided by its citizens.

Haiti records, on average, one new case of COVID-19 every seven minutes as the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country recorded nearly 500 cases over the past 48 hours, health authorities here have said.

They said that 124 new cases were reported in the 24 hours up to yesterday, bringing the total to 3,662 since the first case was detected on March 19.

The Ministry of Public Health said that two new deaths had also been reported in the west of the country, including a child under the age of nine, bringing the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 56.

The ministry said that there were now 3,582 active cases and that the country is recording one confirmed case of the virus every seven minutes, particularly over the past two days.

“Over the last 32 days, there were 3,615 cases, an average of one case every 12 minutes,” it added.

Citizenship and Patriotism Minister Guy Franois Junior said nearly nine million masks have already been distributed throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the Haitian Embassy in Santo Domingo is distancing itself from what it claims to be fake news circulating on social networks, indicating that Haitians living in the Dominican Republic will benefit from financial aid during the pandemic.

The mission said that it has “not been informed that organisations or institutions, Dominican, Haitian, or foreign, have set up an emergency fund via a bank in the Dominican Republic for Haitian nationals living in the country”.

But it acknowledged that Haitians residing legally in the Dominican Republic may benefit from certain assistance programmes from the Government there, making reference to the Employee Solidarity Aid Fund intended to provide a monetary supplement to workers affected by the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.

In addition, the embassy is warning that the images broadcast on social networks, showing certain shopping centres with a crowd of Haitians waiting to receive this assistance from Banco Reservas is not true.

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