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In this unprecedented time, we are working to provide additional ways for expats to share information and support one another. We have setup an Expat Coronavirus Report in hopes of helping expats stay informed. In addition to spreading helpful information with other expats in your country, the experiences and insight you share will provide critical guidance to expats in other parts of the world who will be facing similar challenges in the near future.
"Right now the situation in Barcelona is under control, and all the people are staying at home. Some hospitals are bit saturated, but many industries are providing materials and medical equipament for those hospitals that need it the most. The army is building hospitals as fast as they can to host new cases and to derive some of the patients there.," wrote one member. Read Full Report from Barcelona, Spain
So far everything is OK for me
Over 70 years old are quarantined until abt May 30. Helper for over 70 years old can work for the person
Everyone can go for groceries, banking, emergencies - one person at a time per household. Early shopping, i.e. 7:00 am, for seniors is good. Take out from restaurants available. Taxis are running.
Markets are open and well stocked considering the circumstances. Masks, alcohol, hand sanitizer hard to find, toilet paper now available in markets. Persons in market are limited so sometimes one has to wait in line to get in; they sanitize your hands with spray when you enter, handle of cart if you ask. Beginning April 1, depending upon the last number of your cedula (residency card, local id card) a person can shop two days per week for groceries, banking. There are more details, this is it basically... I see no difficulty with this, in fact, it really is a way to help suppliers and groceries to manage providing food to over four million people who live here.
When I went go grocery store and was in line with distancing, someone got in line in front of me, it was easily solved as he just wasn't used to social distancing and the fact it happens in grocery lines and it is easy to misread the space for being available as opposed to get in line behind me. Happened twice, we are all learning how to do this, no prob.
People starting up ways to provide food for unemployed, donate, they deliver to needy areas. Gov't is providing some food assistance to needy families/children in school
VERY STRICT POLICING ON BEING OUTSIDE, HELICOPTERS (Black Hawks), POLICE CARS WITH LOUD SPEAKERS ON THE SPOT. BIG FINES, REPEAT OFFENCES LEAD TO JAIL AND/OR DEPORTATION. THEY ARE NOT JOKING AROUND HERE!
," said another member. Read Full Report from Medellin, Colombia
"Tracking Corona Virus cases
at arcgis.com. This tracks corona virus all over Oregon. I am in Jackson County Oregon. You can see the stats.
," wrote one member. Read Full Report from , US
"Essential existence places are open, like Walmart and pharmacies. Otherwise, commerce is shut down. Folks here work today so they can eat today. The governor of Jalisco has declared that the stay at home demand will last through all of April.
If this is the case, I think we will see violence world wide, that is far worse than the virus.
As long as the US don't cut off my social security, I should be fine.," said another member. Read Full Report from Chapala, Mexico
"Portugal has moved to 'Red Level', the highest level of emergency, and entered Mitigation Phase. This entails severe curtailment of public interaction and the request that people 'self-isolate'. All public events, theatres, restaurants and parks are closed; most beaches are closed; policing activity, called 'Operation Stop', is stopping road traffic to ensure people are on necessary business and not traveling far outside of their own city. Most important to immigrants, however, is that the government is also treating all immigrants as 'citizens' during this time. Temporary residence permits, visas, tourist travel and other documentation will not expire. We have full access to all public health care and testing, can execute rental and purchase contracts, open bank accounts and have all the rights and privileges of full citizens. Businesses are being granted rent-relief and workers have some strong pay guarantees.," wrote one member. Read Full Report from Lisbon Area, Portugal
"Quarantine restrictions fully applied here with ending previsions postponed once again into May. A couple of days with daily number of deaths slightly down in Northern Italy, probably a sign that virus peak is close," said another member. Read Full Report from Venice, Italy
"1st case confirmed very mild we are on complete quarantine and almost all Belizeans are adhering to the rules; however, we have young people who think it does not apply to them. They think they privileged. Our EOC (Emergency Office Center) manned by all the health and department heads and great volunteers are working around the clock to minimize the spread - a truly combined effort. Ambergris Caye is taking it seriously. We wish the rest of the world blessings in their dealings with the tough fallout that is surely following.
," said another member. Read Full Report from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
"Well what I am seeing, only small shops are closed, big grocery stores are open. Almost all(but found one that was letting people sit inside, restaurants are only offering take out. Otherwise still plenty busy on streets n sidewalks during Rush hour. Did not see a single police officer patrolling for open things or crowd dispercement!," said another member. Read Full Report from Bangkok, Thailand
"Note: I do not speak or read the language of Uruguay [Spanish] so my knowledge of what is happening is strictly first-hand. My local grocery story is open and, as of 3/21/2020, was well stocked. The check-out clerks wear face mask but other store employees do not. The major mall is closed. Most eating establishments are closed although a few are open here and there.," wrote one member. Read Full Report from Montevideo, Uruguay
"There are 1,327 cases in New Jersey as of yesterday afternoon. There was a 49% increase yesterday with 442 new cases. That number reflects the spread, but also drive through testing locations just opened in New Jersey and more people are being tested. Conditions and government issue warnings and closures changed drastically from day to day over the last week. As of last night, New Jersey is under a stay at home order. You can leave for essentials and if you are a worker in an essential role - medical, first responders, grocery store employees, restaurants doing curb side takeout, etc. Prior to the stay at home order, many people were complying, but others were semi-adhering to the social distancing orders. Our town warned people to stop going to playgrounds and congregating at fields to play sports, but they ultimately had to close all of those types of recreational areas a few days ago. Our kids, like kids throughout the world, switched to remote learning a week ago. That has been a helpful distraction and I am so grateful for all of the work teachers and administrators have been doing to make this change to online learning possible. Friends who have family members in essential roles are frightened by the lack of masks, gloves and other protective gear. There are online please by local nurses and hospitals to bring any extra N-95 masks and crocs - crocs can be easily bleached. People with sewing machines are making masks that are not N95 but will provide some coverage. It's a scary time here, but I'm glad the stay at home order was issued and hope that it helps to flatten the curve. I wish they would have issued it a week ago when schools were closed. ," said another member. Read Full Report from Bernardsville, US
"So far Margarita Island has no Virus. Muduro has locked down the whole country the mainland is in dire straights Caracas has no water and no petrol. Here on the island we are confined to our houses or apartments. But things are quiet and not stressed. I still go to the beach for a swim a walk to the shops get food," wrote one member. Read Full Report from Porlamar, Venezuela
"Uzbekistan is in lockdown and all schools were closed this week until April 5. A number of new cases of infected people rose this week, so if the rise continues, there's a chance schools will remain closed longer. This past week, I heard only two commercial airliners take off from the nearby international airport in Tashkent. These must be repatriation flights, since all regular flights were grounded about 2-3 weeks ago. 2400 returnees are either in quarantine or in isolation at home.," said another member. Read Full Report from Tashkent, Uzbekistan
"We do not have reported cases in the city but in the region stemming from the ports of entry within 2 hours. It feels safe here and people are careful," wrote one member. Read Full Report from Valdivia, Chile
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