Haiti had an increase of novel coronavirus cases during the Christmas break. Georges H. Rouzier for The Haitian Times

Rise in COVID-19 cases over Christmas break

Haiti had an increase of novel coronavirus cases during the Christmas break. Georges H. Rouzier for The Haitian Times

Haiti experienced a sharp rise in novel coronavirus case numbers during the Christmas break, according to the Ministry of Public Health. 

In all, the country recorded 140 new confirmed cases in four days. The Ministry of Public Health tallied 28 cases on Dec. 22, 68 on Dec. 23, 33 on Christmas Eve and 11 on Christmas.

The last time Haiti had more than 60 cases was on Aug. 12. 

Police arrest 18 suspected gangsters, set their property on fire 

Police officers set some of the homes of 400 Mawozo gang members on fire on Dec. 28, 2020.

Police on Sunday arrested 18 suspected members of the 400 Mawozo gang, retrieved four cars they allegedly stole and set some of their homes on fire, said police spokesperson Garry Desrosiers.

No deaths or injuries were reported, according to Gazette Haiti.

“I salute the large and successful police operation that is continuing in the stronghold of 400 Mawozo,” Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe posted on his Twitter account.

The police have also put behind bars 21 alleged members of the G9 Family and Allies rounded up in Village de Dieu over the last two weeks. Source

President Moïse relies on phone companies for security agency

President Jovenel Moïse marching through the streets during his campaign in 2016. Jovenel Moïse’s Facebook Images

President Jovenel Moïse is counting on the country’s two cell phone companies, Natcom and Digicel, to launch the National Intelligence Agency (ANI), a group of police officers and tech researchers.

“This structure aims to prevent some people from using their money to sow political unrest in the country,” Moise said about ANI.

ANI was recently modified because the Core Group, diplomats from various countries, said it opened up the possibility of abuse. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local soccer leagues in New York. After...

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