Omicron variant detected in Aruba

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On December 20, 2020, the Government of Aruba and the Crisis Team provided an update on the Covid situation in Aruba in the week leading to Christmas.

Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes stated that recently the Omicron variant was detected in Aruba, which is considered the start of the 5th wave. On December 16, some tests were conducted, and on December 19, the authorities confirmed the Omicron variant. The omicron cases entailed travelers to Aruba and locals with no recent travel history. Hence, the Omicron variant is present in Aruba and spreading among the community. The Prime Minister stated that the current protocols are in place. According to the Crisis Team, these are enough to mitigate the current situation. However, we must stay focused and constantly monitor the situation. If deemed necessary, they will tighten up the measures.

“Aruba has been preparing for the possible 5th wave for a while. That is why these measures have been put in place early. The number of positive cases is increasing but is not out of control. The authorities are now urging everyone to be extra cautious during these days. The local authorities are concerned but see no reason for panic. Aruba is well prepared. Aruba is recovering, and we do not want to affect this recovery process. That is why they urge everyone to vaccinate, use face-mask, keep social distance and apply the hygiene protocols. “We are battling an invisible enemy, but we have a weapon to fight this; our discipline”, the Prime Minister stated.

Covid Status:

There are currently 284 active cases. 191 are residents and 93 non-residents. 180 deceased.

There are 10 persons hospitalized in Aruba of which 8 are in ICU. Due to lack of staff at the hospital they have to send patients over to Colombia for treatment. There are currently 6 persons at the ICU in Colombia.

The measures are as follows:

  • Curfew: Eliminated.
  • Closing Time: 1:00 am for all business for the exception of Casino’s which can stay open till 2:00 am
  • Restaurants: Max. 8 people per table.
  • Area Ban 7:00 pm – 5:00 am
  • Nightlife: Dancing is not permitted
  • Entertainment: Max 5 musicians on stage.
  • Gathering Ban: Max. 6 people.

The following measures remain applicable:

  • Masks: Use of masks is mandatory inside at all establishments.
  • Alcohol: Ban of alcohol on public roads: 24 hours.
  • Social Distancing: Continue maintaining social distance.