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Haiti says virus infections have peaked

Haitian health officials said Monday that COVID-19 infections had peaked and the number of cases being detected was going down, leading them to voice cautious hope the epidemic might not be as bad as some of the more alarming predictions had led them to believe.

"We haven't had as many deaths or serious cases as we had been expecting," said Dr Patrick Dely, director of epidemiology at the National Laboratory.

"We think the virus, which has caused so much damage in other countries, is not behaving the same way here," he said. "The question now is why: that is what we are researching."

"We had expected to reach the peak during the 27th week of the epidemic," which would have been the last week of June, "yet, on the basis of our observations, from the 22nd week, at the end of May, we saw a downward tendency in the numbers we are counting," said Dr Dely.

Since the first cases were detected on March 19, Haiti has only had 4,688 people test positive for the new coronavirus, of whom 82 have died, according to the last figures published on Thursday.


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