Antilliaans Dagblad , among others, writes a lockdown in Curaçao whereby people are only allowed to go outside to do their shopping, perform vital professions or for emergencies.

There are now eleven infections on the island, of which the first nine have been imported, reports Curaç . According to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, local infections have now also been identified on the island.

On Saturday there was already a curfew on the island, which has now been extended to an overall lockdown. People are only allowed to go on the street in cases of emergency.

Healthcare personnel, police, journalists and security guards may continue to exercise their profession, but must be able to identify themselves. In addition, supermarkets, building materials stores, toko's, pharmacies and pumping stations remain open.

Anyone who does not comply with the rules regarding the lockdown risks a fine of at least 500 guilders up to a maximum of 2,000 guilders or arrest, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) in Curaçao informs Antilliaans Dagblad . Some people were already arrested on the first night.

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The coronavirus in short

  • The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
  • You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
  • An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
  • The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
  • Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
  • Read here what precautions you should take.