Non-essential businesses closed on Statia by emergency ordinance

Non-essential businesses in St. Eustatius have been declared closed under the emergency ordinance that was introduced by the Public Entity to combat the coronavirus crisis pandemic. The ordinance remains in place until Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Government Commissioner Marnix van Rij said the upscaling of the state of emergency is …

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Sint Maarten: Intense testing to be done in ‘hot spots’

Authorities have identified some coronavirus COVID-19 “hot spots” in the country as a result of contact tracing conducted particularly with the last sets of positive cases that are were not under Collective Prevention Services (CPS) monitoring and had been “in particular segments of society.” Prime Minister and Chairperson of the …

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COVID-19 death toll for Dutch side now stands at 8

Eight deaths in Dutch St. Maarten have now been attributed to persons who had tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19. Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs explained that the latter two, a male and a female, had passed away over the past week. Both …

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Better, cheaper connectivity between islands still far off

The Dutch government is still working on a proposal to improve the connectivity between the Dutch Caribbean islands and to, where possible, lower the tariffs for residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. A concrete solution is not in sight, which is bad news for residents who continue to pay …

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SMMC expects surge in local COVID patients

St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) is preparing for more suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients that need to be admitted to the hospital. Based on case studies and data analysis from other COVID-19 countries where communal spread has occurred, estimates on the actual number – not to be confused with the …

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