From July 1, Toussaint Louverture and Cape Haitien international airports will resume flights to Canada, the U.S., and other regional destinations. Borderline traffic would also restart, although Dominican Republic authorities have not granted access.
According to health authorities, the scarcity of tests and international passengers’ entrance could lead to a more severe virus outbreak in Haiti. Despite the forecasts, they also consider governmental funds and efforts should focus on the lockdown lifting but the pandemic.
“If we test everyone who leaves or returns to the country, epidemiological surveillance would be threatened,” the Multisectoral Commission for the Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic co-chair William Pape said.
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On June 29, President Moise called Haitian people to adapt and coexist with the virus and comply with the precautionary measures as part of the post-pandemic situation. He also encouraged youngsters to protect the elderly by supporting the economy's resume.
“From the beginning, I was against closing factories because there is a cause-and-effect relationship between the economy and health. Haitians are looking for a job to feed themselves. The COVID-19 issue comes later,” Pape affirmed.
As of Wednesday morning, Haiti had reported 5,975 COVID-19 cases, 105 deaths, and 931 recoveries from the virus.