Global travel advisory issued to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic
New guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) have called for urgent action against an outbreak of the coronavirus in the two countries.
In a statement on Thursday, WHO officials said there is a need for urgent efforts to control the spread of the virus and to prevent the spread to neighbouring countries.
Guatemala and the Caribbean islands are in the throes of a coronaviral pandemic.
The WHO said the outbreak has spread to the countries of Haiti, the Dominican and Dominican Republic, as well as the United States.
“There is an urgent need to identify all persons who have contacts with these individuals, to control them, and to stop them from travelling to and from these countries,” the statement said.
“All travel advisories are a measure of precaution and should be taken seriously.”
The WHO, the WHO’s global public health agency, said that all travel to the three countries is strictly monitored and is encouraged.
Its advice for travellers is to remain in countries where travel restrictions are in place and to report all suspected cases to the authorities.
It said the virus has also been spreading to countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia, the Caribbean, Mexico and Guatemala.
There is also a heightened risk of infection among persons travelling in the Dominican, Guatemala and Dominican states.
The outbreak was first detected in Haiti on March 10 and is now believed to have reached its peak in March.
Guinea has been hardest hit by the outbreak, with more than 3,000 people confirmed to have died.
Some 3,700 people have been infected in the Caribbean island of Dominica, and more than 1,500 have been killed.
In the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, there have been more than 100 confirmed cases.