2020 coronavirus pandemic in Honduras

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Honduras
Map for COVID-19 cases in Honduras.png
Map of departments with confirmed cases (as of 25 March)
  No cases
  1–9 cases
  10–49 cases
  50–99 cases
  100+ cases
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseToncontín International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan
Arrival date10 March 2020
(3 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases219[1]
Suspected cases29[1]
Official website
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, 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.[1]; 14 people have died and 3 have recovered from the virus and its complications.[3][2] 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.[4][5][6]


COVID-19 cases in Honduras  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
# of cases
# of deaths
2(--) --
2(--) --
2(--) --
3(+66%) --
3(--) --
6(+100%) --
8(+33%) --
9(+13%) --
12(+33%) --
24(+100%) --
24(--) --
26(+13%) --
27(+4%) --
30(+11%) --
36(+20%) --
52(+44%) --
68(+30%) 1(+1)
95(+39%) 1(--)
110(+16%) 4(+3)
139(+26%) 4(--)
141(+1%) 7(+3)
172(+22%) 10(+3)
219(+27%) 14(+4)


On 10 March 2020, the first two cases in Honduras were confirmed.[7][8] 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.[9]

On 13 March, a relative of Patient 1 was confirmed to have the virus, he is 64 years old and the second case in the capital Tegucigalpa and Francisco Morazan department.[10]

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.[4]

On 16 March, Honduras confirmed two more cases of coronavirus in the City of Tegucigalpa, raising the confirmed cases to eight.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] The Health Secretary has reported 35 suspicious cases in Tegucigalpa.[14]

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.[15] 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.[6]

On 19 March, twelve new cases were confirmed, raising the number of confirmed cases nationwide to 24.[16] Additionally, 90 suspected cases have been reported.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19]

On 21 March, two new cases were announced, these were confirmed in the municipality of Villanueva in the Cortes Department.[20]

On 22 March, a new case was confirmed in the municipality of Santa Fe in the Colon Department, totaling 27 nationwide.[21]

On 23 March, three new cases were confirmed, one in the Lempira Department and two in the Francisco Morazan Department.[22]

On 24 March, five new cases were confirmed in the Colon Department and one in the Cortes Department, totalling to 36 cases nationwide.[23]

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.[24]

On 26 March, the first death was confirmed, a 60-year patient in Villanueva, in the Cortes Department.[25] During the evening, 16 new cases were confirmed, all in the Central District.[26]

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.[27] Later that evening, the health minister confirmed that 3 patients have recovered, 1 in San Pedro Sula, 1 in Tela, and 1 in Tegucigalpa.[2]

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.[28]

On 29 March, It was announced by the Secretary for Security that the nationwide curfew will be extended until April 12.[5] 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.[29]

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.[30] During that day's evening, two more cases of Coronavirus were confirmed after the Virology Institute made a total of 89 tests.[31]

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.[3] 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.[1]


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.[32] 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.


  1. ^ a b c d "Comunicado # 24 - Casos confirmados de Covid-19 ascienden a 172" [Announcement # 24 - Confirmed cases from Covid-19 climb to 172] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 31 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Ministra de salud confirma 3 casos recuperados" [Health minister confirmed 3 recovered cases] (in Spanish). Radio America HN. 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Comunicado # 23 - A nueve se elevan las muertes asociadas al Covid-19" [Announcement # 23 - Deaths associated to Covid-19 amount to 9] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 31 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Honduras confirma tres nuevos casos de coronavirus" [Honduras confirms three more case of coronavirus] (in Spanish). Radio HRN. 15 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Circulación segmentada de la población" [Segmented circulation for the population] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Seguridad. 29 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Congelamiento de precios absoluto" [Absolute price freeze] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Salud Honduras. 18 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Salud confirma los dos primeros casos de COVID-19 en el territorio hondureño" [Health confirms the first two cases of COVID-19 in the Honduran territory] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Salud Honduras. 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Honduras confirms first 2 cases of new coronavirus". 660 City News. Associated Press. 11 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Honduras confirms two cases of coronavirus". breakingbelizenews. 11 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Honduras confirma el tercer caso positivo de coronavirus" [Honduras confirms the third positive case of coronavirus] (in Spanish). La Prensa. 13 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Se registran 2 nuevos casos de Covid-19 en Honduras" [Two new cases of Covid-19 are registered in Honduras] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Salud Honduras. 16 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Se declara TOQUE DE QUEDA a nivel nacional y absoluto para el Distrito Central" [CURFEW declared nationally and total for the Central District] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Salud Honduras. 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ "El noveno caso positivo de Covid-19 se trata de una persona del sexo masculino, originario de Asia y procedente de la ciudad de Nueva York" [The ninth positive case for Covid-19 on a male person, native to Asia and arriving from New York City] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Salud Honduras. 17 March 2020.
  14. ^ "En Honduras se analizan 35 casos sospechosos por coronavirus" [35 suspicious cases of coronavirus being analyzed in Honduras] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 17 March 2020.
  15. ^ "12 casos confirmados de coronavirus en Honduras" [12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Honduras] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Salud Honduras. 18 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Aumentan a 24 los casos positivos por coronavirus" [Coronavirus cases increase to 24 testing positive] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Salud Honduras. 19 March 2020.
  17. ^ "En Honduras hay unos 90 casos sospechosos de coronavirus" [About 90 suspected coronavirus cases in Honduras] (in Spanish). Diario el Heraldo. 19 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Toque de queda absoluto se extiende a otras ciudades del pais" [Absolute curfew extended to other cities in the country] (in Spanish). Secretaría de Seguridad. 19 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Cadena Nacional del 20 de marzo de 2020" [National Announcement 20-03-2020] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Seguridad. 20 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Comunicado #9 dos casos nuevos en el departamento de Cortés" [Communique #9 two new cases in the Cortes Department] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 21 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Comunicado # 10, un nuevo caso de Coronavirus en Colón" [Communique #10, a new case of Coronavirus in Colon] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 22 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Comunicado # 11 Suben a 30 casos confirmados de Coronavirus en Honduras" [Communique #10 Cases of Coronavirus rise to 30 in Honduras] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 23 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Ascienden a 36 los casos confirmados con coronavirus en el país" [Confirmed Coronavirus cases rise to 36 in the country] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 24 March 2020.
  24. ^ "COMUNICADO No. 14 del Sistema Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos" [Announcement No. 14 from National Risk Assessment System] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 25 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Confirmamos el primer fallecimiento de un paciente por Coronavirus COVID-19 en Honduras" [We confirm the first death from a patient with Coronavirus COVID-19 in Honduras] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 25 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Honduras registra 16 nuevos casos de coronavirus; aumentan a 68 los contagiados" [Honduras registers 16 new cases of coronavirus; rising to 68 infected] (in Spanish). La Prensa. 26 March 2020.
  27. ^ "95 nuevos casos a nivel nacional" [95 new cases at the national level] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 27 March 2020.
  28. ^ "Comunicado # 19 Sinager reporta 15 nuevos casos de COVID-19 para contabilizar 110" [Annnouncement # 19 Sinager reports 15 new cases of COVID-19 now amounting to 110] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 28 March 2020.
  29. ^ "Honduras llega a 139 contagiados de coronavirus y tres fallecimientos" [Honduras reaches 139 cases of Coronavirus and three deaths] (in Spanish). La Prensa. 29 March 2020.
  30. ^ "Comunicado # 21 - cuatro nuevos fallecidos asociados al Covid-19" [Announcement # 21 - four deaths associated to Covid-19] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 30 March 2020.
  31. ^ "COMUNICADO No.22 del Sistema Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos (SINAGER)" [ANNOUNCEMENT N.22 from the National System of Risk Assessment (SINAGER)] (in Spanish). Secretaria de Salud. 30 March 2020.
  32. ^ "En cuarentena ministra de Salud de Honduras y la representante de la OPS por sospechas de covid-19" [Honduran Minister for Health and representative from PAHO in quarantine for suspicions of Covid-19] (in Spanish). Radio HRN. 1 April 2020.
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