Suriname Announces ‘Total Lockdown’ After Rise in COVID-19 Cases

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Suriname Announces ‘Total Lockdown’ After Rise in COVID-19 Cases

On Saturday, Suriname reported a complete lockdown of the country for fourteen days with an end goal to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the Caribbean nation.

Suriname’s President Chandrikapersad Santokhi said a Code Purple alert has been placed on the island, the most noticeably dangerous level for the pandemic and Code Black for the circumstance in hospitals.

The 2.5 weeks lockdown began on Monday and will continue until 18th June.

President Santokhi also shared his concerns as there is a deficiency of oxygen, emergency hospital beds and there is a lack of clinical staff and hospital workers.

COVID-19 only became a major health issue last March, with a reported 282 dead, as May 2021 has been the deadliest month since the pandemic broke out – with 78 deaths.

During the lockdown, except for fundamental administrations, all administration workplaces will be shut and residents are just permitted to venture out from home for crises, for example, for clinical reasons.

President Santokhi saw that the authorization of the actions will be fixed and the individuals who abuse the actions hazard solid fines and extra punishments.

The names of stores and shops that don’t stick to the COVID-19 guidelines and measures will be disclosed, fined and shut for an all-encompassing timeframe.

Supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, pharmacies and hardware stores are only allowed to open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, only people eighteen or older will be allowed in the store, with no more than ten people at a time.

Suriname’s Health Minister Amar Ramadhin, the information shows that a changed variation of the Covid from adjoining Brazil is presently infecting several young people and even some falling victim to death. Also, President Santokhi noticed that records show that all individuals who have died of COVID-19, had not been vaccinated, he, therefore, urged citizens to be vaccinated. 

Currently, just over 13,000 of the roughly 600,000 inhabitants are fully vaccinated. 

The Netherlands has guaranteed Suriname an excess of 500,000 dosages of AstraZeneca next week, while China has given 100,000 dosages of the Sinopharm vaccines and calculated arrangements are in progress to move them to Suriname.

Currently, Surinamese health specialists are conducting discussions with Russian and Cuban partners to receive vaccines created in Russia and Cuba.