Haiti reports its first death of a COVID-19 patient
Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Haiti has reported its first death of a COVID-19 patient, a 55-year old man who had underlying health conditions, the Health Minister said on Sunday.
The health ministry Marie Gréta Roy Clément said the man suffered from diabetes and hypertension.
He was one of only 24 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Haiti, a demographically young country where over half those diagnosed with the disease have been under age 45.
Only 218 tests for the new coronavirus have been carried out in Haiti since the first two cases were confirmed March 19, however, leading to criticism from the national medical community of the government's handling of the pandemic.
Since the virus first appeared, the government has announced stringent measures to contain it, but they have not been rigorously followed or enforced.