2020 coronavirus pandemic in Suriname

The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic was documented for the first time in Suriname on 13 March 2020. The case was a person who traveled from the Netherlands the previous week.[4]

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Suriname
Paramaribo in Suriname.svg
Districts affected by COVID-19
  1-10 cases confirmed
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSuriname
First outbreakNetherlands
Index caseParamaribo
Arrival date13 March 2020
(3 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases10[1] (2020-04-06)
Recovered3[2]
Deaths
1[3]
Official website
https://covid-19.sr

TimelineEdit

March 2020Edit

On 13 March 2020, Suriname's Vice President Ashwin Adhin announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the country: an individual who arrived from the Netherlands multiple days prior to testing positive. As a result, the country announced that its borders and all airports would shut down at midnight on 14 March.[4]

On 14 March 2020, Suriname closes its borders.[5]

On 16 March 2020, all schools were closed to prevent further spread. [6]

On 24 March 2020, Antoine Joly, the French ambassador to Suriname, became the 8th victim. [7] Because he was in reasonable condition, he was transported to Cayenne in French Guiana on 29 March 2020, where he will be quarantined. [8]

On 28 March 2020, a partial lock-down was announced with a curfew between 20:00 and 06:00 by President Dési Bouterse. [9]
The measures were being supported by the maroon and indigenous people. Bono Velanti, granman (paramount chief) of the Ndyuka, has instructed his people to remain at home. [10] Albert Aboikoni, granman of the Saramaka, send an audio message to the chieftans to comply with the measures. [11] Ipomadi Pelenapin, granman of the Wayana has announced the closure of their villages. [12]

On 30 March 2020, Jorge Sebá, the honorary consul of Suriname for Brazil, died in Rio de Janeiro from Covid-19. [13]

April 2020Edit

On 2 April 2020, three patients were released from hospital after testing negative twice. They will remain under house quarantine for another week. [2] 274 people including all healthcare workers have been tested. [14]
Minister Stephan Tsang of Trade, Industry and Tourism warns of difficult times ahead. [15] The country was already in a financial crisis made worse by a CCC+ (junk) rating by Standard & Poor's. [16]

On 3 April 2020, Suriname announced the first Covid-19 related death. The victim was the husband of the first case.[3]
There are now 10 confirmed cases. The first case spread to 6 people. 2 cases arrived from abroad. [17][18] The 10th case is still under investigation. [19]
The hospitals have 30 ventilators between them, [20] and on March 16 the staff of the St. Vincentius Ziekenhuis complained about a lack of supplies to adequately deal with Covid 19 patients. [21]

On 4 April 2020, 513 people from the Suriname have been repatriated.[22] Dutch people in Suriname were scheduled to be repatriated on 3 April,[23] but there was a problem with the plane. They have been housed in two hotels where they have been quarantined, because Dutch citizens from Guyana were on the same flight. [24] A second plane has repatriated them on 5 April 2020. [25] There are still several hundred people[22] stranded in the Netherlands, but the plan to return them will be announced later due to the high risk. [17]

On 6 April 2020, a specialized Covid-19 ward has been opened in the Wanica hospital in Lelydorp. [26] Wanica is Suriname's latest hospital and opened on 7 February 2020. [27] Wanica had already looked after ambassador Antoine Joly. [7] The hospital will also be used for quarantines. [21]
The International Academy of Suriname has announced that the examinations will continue online, and the students will be tracked using the internet. [28]

 

Crisis ManagementEdit

 
Jerry Slijngard

A National Public Health Response-team was set up in January 2020 who started to develop a response plan. In cooperation with the Pan American Health Organization the Central Laboratory started to develop a test system for the virus, and train the healthcare workers. [29]. To coordinate the crisis, the Nationaal COVID-19 Managementteam has been established headed by lieutenant colonel Danielle Veira.

Suriname is considered a country at risk due to a 'weak' health system. On 3 March 2020, Jerry Slijngard of the National Coordination Centre for Emergency Management (NCCR) is not sure whether the country can handle a massive outbreak: "If we are talking about two or three people, we can handle it, but a hundred or a thousand is a different ball game." [30]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "COVID-19". Covid Suriname. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Covid 19: Three people released from 's Lands Hospitaal (in Dutch)". Star Nieuws. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Suriname confirms first death". Covid Suriname. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Suriname confirms first coronavirus case, authorities will close borders". Reuters. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020 – via www.reuters.com.
  5. ^ "Suriname closes its borders for travelers (in Dutch)". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  6. ^ "All school closed from Monday due to coronavirus (in Dutch)". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  7. ^ a b "French Ambassador in isolation in Wanica Hospital (in Dutch)". De Ware Tijd. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Original from Sarthe, the French ambassador to Suriname has been infected (in French)". Ouest France. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Government guarantees medical aid, food and order with partial lock-down (in Dutch)". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Paramount Chief Ndyuka takes action against Covid 19 (in Dutch)". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Granman Saamaka alerts tribes on measures again Covid-19 (in Dutch)". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Wayana barricade airstrip due to Covid 19 (in Dutch)". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Honorary consul of Suriname Jorge Sebá died in Rio from Covid-19 (in Dutch)". De Ware Tijd. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Siterep 2 April 2020 (in Dutch)". Covid Suriname. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Suriname was to embrace for economical hit after Covid 19 (in Dutch)". United News. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Rating Suriname once again lower, now CCC+ (in Dutch)". Star Nieuws. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Fifth person tested positive for Covid-19 (in Dutch)". Star Nieuws. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Suriname has currently 10 covid victims (in Dutch)". De Ware Tijd. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Director Jessurun stresses social distancing (in Dutch)". Covid Suriname. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  20. ^ "If 100 people get ill, many will die (in Dutch)". Dagblad Suriname. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Health works not protected enough against Covid 19 (in Dutch)". Suriname Nieuws. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  22. ^ a b "513 stranded travelers returned to Suriname (in Dutch)". Waterkant. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Schedule repatriation on schedule (in Dutch)". Dagblad Suriname. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Passengers stranded in Suriname due to broken plane". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  25. ^ "TUI sends seoond plane to Suriname to collect stranded passengers (in Dutch)". Waterkant. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  26. ^ "AZP team has prepared Wanica Hospital for Covid care (in Dutch)". Star Nieuws. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  27. ^ "Regional Hospital Wanica enters first phase (in Dutch)". Star Nieuws. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  28. ^ "Private school education on distance (in Duthc)". De Ware Tijd. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  29. ^ "BOG replies to Huisden regarding Covid-19 (in Dutch)". Star Nieuws. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  30. ^ "NCCR alert for possible Corona outbreak". De Ware Tijd. Retrieved 4 April 2020.