Two corona cases confirmed in Aruba

ORANJESTAD – During an extraordinary press conference the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes informed that there are two confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Aruba.

One confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case is a US citizen who traveled to Aruba for vacation and work. The other case is an Aruban man who was on vacation in the USA. Both isolated and seem to be recovering.

In connection with these latest developments, the government is taking the following precautionary measures:

  • All public events are canceled till March 31, 2020. This entails all government’s activities and all private activities with a police permit. After this date an evaluation will take place and a decision will be made;
  • As per Monday, March 16, 2020, the entry of travelers from Europe and other countries on the World Health Organization list, will be restricted until the end of March 31, 2020 (namely a travel restriction for non-nationals (non legal residents) flying to Aruba from China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Singapore, Iran, Korea (Rep), Japan, the European Union, Great Britain, Switzerland and Norway).
  • Schools are closed the entire week starting Monday, March 16, 2020, and at the end of the week, a decision will be made in this regard.

“Now we must focus on containing and preventing the transmission of the virus. Those most at risk are people older than 60 years and people with chronic diseases. Take good care of them. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizers if you are unable to wash your hands. Avoid physical contact, greet one another without shaking hands, hugging or kissing. The government of Aruba is doing its part. The public must also take precautionary measures. It is your own hands”, the Prime Minister emphasized.

If you are sick, STAY at home. Call 280-0101

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