A record number of new corona infections were registered on Curaçao on Wednesday. There are 67 cases. Never before have so many infections been registered on the island in one day.
Exactly one week earlier, the previous record was reached with 51 infections. 527 people are currently infected on the island. There are eight people in the hospital, one of whom is in intensive care. Since March this year, two people infected with corona have died.
Due to the increase in the number of infections, the government decided last Sunday to bring forward the curfew, which will now apply for the next three weeks from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All shops and restaurants are required to close at 8:00 p.m. and people are required to wear face masks when visiting a shop or a funeral. Working from home is highly recommended.
The island has had a curfew since September 14, and dance and music activities have been banned since August. In addition, for a long time people had to keep as much social distance as possible. Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath said last Sunday that “the situation is getting out of hand”. He calls on the population to abide by the rules.
The police have increased the number of roadside checks in cooperation with the defense, among other things. Shops and entertainment venues are also monitored. For example, the police intervened Tuesday through Wednesday night at a party in what appeared to be a closed bar. There, more than fifty men and women had gathered in a relatively small space to celebrate one of them’s birthday.