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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Honduras|
Map of departments with confirmed cases (as of 25 March)
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Index case||Toncontín International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan|
|Arrival date||10 March 2020|
(3 weeks and 2 days)
|Estadística Nacional de Coronavirus|
|‡Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.|
An ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was first confirmed to have spread to Honduras on 10 March 2020, when a pregnant woman tested positive six days after landing on Toncontin International Airport in a flight from Spain. As of 1 April 2020[update], there are 219 confirmed cases in the country, 81 in the Cortes Department, 37 in the Francisco Morazan Department, and 14 in the Colon Department.; 14 people have died and 3 have recovered from the virus and its complications. Confirmed cases have been reported in 8 of the country's 18 departments.
Since then, the country has closed maritime, aerial, and land borders; suspended classes at all levels of education nationwide, ordered a nationwide curfew, and price freezes for basic food items.
On 10 March 2020, the first two cases in Honduras were confirmed. The first case is of a рregnant woman who traveled to Spain and entered Нonduras on 4 Мarch 2020. The woman is hosрitalized. The second case is a 37-year-old Нonduran woman who entered on 5 Мarch, on a flight from Switzerland. The woman is in self-isolation at her home with medical surveillance. She is the first case in the Atlantida Department in the city of Tela.
On 15 March, three more cases were confirmed in the country, two more in Tegucigalpa and the first in the Choluteca department for a total of 6 cases. Honduras also closed all of its air, land and maritime borders to contain the virus.
On 16 March, Honduras confirmed two more cases of coronavirus in the City of Tegucigalpa, raising the confirmed cases to eight. At the same time, with the country in voluntary quarantine, further measures were taken, banning use of public transport and forcing some public and private labor to work from home where possible and abstain from presenting themselves to work. Additionally, stronger measures were taken in the Central District, Choluteca, and La Ceiba, where a total curfew is currently imposed and all nonessential movements of people are banned until further notice, including those in and out of those cities.
On the morning of 17 March, an epidemiological fence was set in the neighborhoods of El Carrizal and Abraham Lincoln in the Central District, as an individual that had tested positive was among those in a neighborhood gathering. The first case in San Pedro Sula was confirmed on that afternoon, totaling nine confirmed cases nationwide. It has been reported that the patient had previous contact with nine other individuals, they have been placed under medical observation and self-quarantine, the total curfew has been extended to San Pedro Sula, now covering four cities. The Health Secretary has reported 35 suspicious cases in Tegucigalpa.
On 18 March, three new cases where confirmed, one in Francisco Morazan, one in Cortes, and one in Choluteca. Raising the number of confirmed nationwide cases to twelve. Additionally, it was announced by the Government that on the cities placed under total curfew, 19 March has been designated as the designated day for citizens to gather or purchase their supplies, and to avoid price inflation, price freezes for designated foods and all personal and household hygiene products.
On 19 March, twelve new cases were confirmed, raising the number of confirmed cases nationwide to 24. Additionally, 90 suspected cases have been reported. The total curfew was extended to the cities of Puerto Cortés, Santa Cruz de Yojoa, and El Triunfo since new cases were reported on these locations, the curfew now extends to a total of seven cities nationwide.
On 20 March, the government has announced no new cases for the coronavirus after 27 lab tests. Additionally, the total curfew has been extended to the rest of the country, placing Honduras into a lockdown in efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
On 24 March, five new cases were confirmed in the Colon Department and one in the Cortes Department, totalling to 36 cases nationwide.
On 25 March, 16 new cases were confirmed, 14 of them in the Cortes department and 2 of them in the Yoro Department increasing the confirmed cases in the country to 52. Presently, this marks the largest increase up to date.
On 27 March, 27 new cases were confirmed, 1 in the Yoro Department, 2 in the Lempira Department, 6 in the Colon Department, and 18 in the Cortes Department. Additionally, 29 suspected cases were announced. Later that evening, the health minister confirmed that 3 patients have recovered, 1 in San Pedro Sula, 1 in Tela, and 1 in Tegucigalpa.
On 28 March, two more deaths by Coronavirus were confirmed in Villanueva, Cortes. Later during the day, it was clarified by the government that "Patient #85" was actually in Quimistan, in the Department of Santa Barbara and not in Santa Cruz de Yojoa in the Department of Cortes, meaning that at least 8 departments in the country have reported cases. Also that same day, 15 new cases were reported in the country.
On 29 March, It was announced by the Secretary for Security that the nationwide curfew will be extended until April 12. Later that day, 29 new cases were confirmed in the country, for a total of 139 cases nationwide. Additionally, the third death was officially confirmed by the Virology Institute of the country. Three deaths will be confirmed the next day if it was caused by Covid-19. Cortes has now 79 cases, the most of any department in the country.
On 30 March, one death was confirmed to be from Covid-19. A couple hours later to that announcement, 3 more deaths were reported in the Cortes Department. Totaling to four confirmed deaths and seven nationwide. During that day's evening, two more cases of Coronavirus were confirmed after the Virology Institute made a total of 89 tests.
On 31 March, two deaths were confirmed from Covid-19, one in the City of Tegucigalpa and one in La Union, in the Lempira Department. During the evening, 31 new cases were confirmed, 22 from the Cortes, 4 from Colon, 2 from Francisco Morazan, 2 from Atlantida, and 1 from Lempira. One death from Covid-19 was reported from the Atlantida Department, taking the death count to 10.
On 1 April, the Honduran Health Minister, Alba Flores, and a representative from the Pan American Health Organization, Piedad Huerta, have been quarantined for 12 days after becoming suspicious cases for Covid-19, as they were in contact with an assistant that tested positive for the virus. During the evening, 4 deaths were confirmed, two in Cortes and two in Yoro, alongside 47 new cases for COVID-19, with the April 1st update they are now 140 cases in Cortes, 43 in Francisco Morazan, 21 in Colon,4 in Lempira, 4 in Santa Barbara, 3 in Atlantida, 3 in Yoro and 2 in Choluteca.