Despite official orders by the Haitian Government about the closure of borders, migrants still move freely between both countries.
However, 23,500 Haitians who previously migrated to the Dominican Republic, willingly returned to their country due to the COVID-19 pandemic in April, stated the Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR).
Most of the crossings are made by alternative routes such as Malpasse, Belladère or Ouanaminthe.
Within recent days, Haiti reported 151 cases and 12 deaths from the coronavirus. While Dominican Republic reported over 9,882 cases and over 380 deaths.
GARR warned that Haitians who return to their nation are not subjected to the respective health protocols to determine if they are infected with the virus.
The U.N. (United Nations) expressed concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to irritate an extremely fragile political and socio-economic issues within Haiti.
The United States-backed and widely despised government had closed Haiti’s border, ports, and airports to the movement of people last month. Since then, only a small number of tests have been administered, and there are rising fears that a health catastrophe will unfold over the coming months.
More than four million Haitians, almost a third of the island’s population, are in great need of emergency food assistance, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warned.