Prime Minister confirms Curaçao’s first case of COVID-19; closes airspace with Europe

WILLEMSTAD - The Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath and epidemiologist Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth have confirmed the first case of COVID-19, or the so-called coronavirus.

A 68-year-old tourist arrived on the island last week Thursday and fell ill the following day on Friday. Last Wednesday, he reported by telephone to a GP post that he had symptoms that indicate an infection with the coronavirus.

According to Dr. Gerstenbluth the man was immediately advised to stay indoors and to isolate himself. According to the protocol and agreed with Public Health. After that, the health authorities were informed, and the man was tested. The man and his wife are on the island on vacation from the Netherlands.

The Prime Minister also announced that flights from Europe will be halted. Flights en route can still land, but after this, the airspace will be closed.

More information to follow.