How COVID-19 Has Affected the Caribbean and Latin America – NBC 6 South Florida

Countries throughout the Caribbeanand Latin America are ordering residents to remain at home in an effort tocontain the coronavirus. Heres a look at what some governments are doing as ofMarch 28, 2020.

Healthofficials in Brazil say coronavirus cases are now reported in all regions ofthe country. In a recent tweet,Brazils president says the country will now utilize the armed forces 24 hoursa day to fight the virus. It is pouring more resources into battling coronavirusincluding an expansion of tests, more laboratories to diagnose COVID-19, and increasingthe number of ICU beds. 23 members of Brazilians presidential delegation thatcame to Florida two weeks ago later tested positive for coronavirus. Duringthat trip, Brazils president Jair Bolsonaro dined with President Trump atMar-a-Lago.

Cuba is enforcing strict measures in an attempt to stop thevirus from spreading. According to NBCNews reporters in Cuba, the government is banning citizens from leaving thecountry, schools are closed, tourism is shut down, and local transportationservices are no longer running. Large gatherings are banned, and only Cubansabroad and foreign workers living in Cuba can reenter the country.

Haiti continues to deal with food shortagesamid the coronavirus outbreak. In a recent tweet,Haitis president Jovenel Moise says his government is working hard to distributefood to those in need. The country remains under a state of emergency, shutteringschools, churches, and factories. The countrys borders are closed, and a curfewis imposed to prevent the spread of virus. Haiti is one of the 51 countries theUnited Nations will help through a $2billion global humanitarian fund.

Jamaica is urging its citizens to beconcerned and to remain prepared about coronavirus. The government is keepingclose tabs on those who arrived by plane in mid-to-late March and will makesure they are quarantined. On Twitter,Jamaicas Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the country is trying to strike abalance between economic activity and managing the spread of COVID-19.

Mexicos federal government is suspendingall nonessential government activities to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Hospitals, fuel production, electrical power, public sanitation and law enforcement are part of the essential services that won't be suspended. At a recent news conference, Mexicos president said the countrys public health crisis is not resolved only in hospitals, it is resolved in our homes.


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