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Haiti closes border with Dominican Republic over coronavirus


Haiti will close its borders with the Dominican Republic and stop flights from Europe, Canada and Latin America, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe announced Sunday in a press conference.


Jouthe said flight bans and border clamp-down go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and will last at least two weeks. Only merchandises will be allowed to cross into Haiti from the Dominican Republic, where there are 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19.


“For the moment, we will keep the flights from the United States,” Joseph Jouthe said, adding that the government is evaluating the daily flights originating from Miami and New York into Port-au-Prince and the Fort Lauderdale flights into Cap-Haïtien.


Calling on Haitians to avoid unnecessary travel abroad, Jouthe also announced a ban on all government travel.


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