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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.
"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
"There is only once "confirmed" case of Covid-19 in Nicaragua at this point in time (3/19/2020). The government is "monitoring" the situation but has not imposed any restrictions at the borders or internally. But our local Expat community is actively taking steps to minimize potential transmission of the disease," wrote one member. Read Full Report from Tola, Nicaragua
"We are all quarantined in our homes. Although you can see people breaking the rules. They are only letting a very small amount of people in the stores. And children under 16 are not allowed in. Amazing some resturants are staying open. The water is being cut in various areas for hours at a time. Every town has there time. There is barely any food on the shelves. But there was plenty of fresh foods! No we didnt get any at all. People are not taking it as serious as they should. An 80-year-old woman got it from being in contact with someone from a cruise ship. She died. Firefighters got it from answering a call of people saying someone fainted. The man had taken the cruise or been in contact with someone that was on it. He was trying to sell food items at his restaurant. He infected the four firefighters. 24 people have been said to have it in Martinique. Schools are closed. people are still sneaking to beaches.," said another member. Read Full Report from Martinique, Martinique
"All schools, restaurants, bars, many shops, hair salons, museums, ancient sites that require admmission, etc. are closed.
As of 17 March we have been asked to stay in our homes except for necessary items: groceries, pharmacy, etc.
Public transportation and taxis are still in service.
There are about 420 cases of the virus with 5 deaths throughout Greece at this point.
People are not hoarding, are very kind and seem to be following the guidelines. We are allowed to take walks outside, which helps.
," wrote one member. Read Full Report from Athens, Greece
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