COVID-19 in Nicaragua

Nicaragua // 05 August, 2020

At least 3,672 cases and 123 deaths officially reported. Data from the country is not robust and generally thought to under count cases.

31 July: A decline in activity has been noted. The total case count is at 3,672 cases with 116 deaths. 

22 July: The government has no official quarantine policy in place, with schools and businesses remaining open. In a letter published in Sciencetwo researchers pointed out the discrepancy between official case counts and independent estimates. This letter also highlighted an effort ti implement voluntary quarantine among people in Nicaragua. 

8 June: The government maintains its position of not issuing stay-at-home orders or closing businesses.

1 June: Per the United States Embassy in Nigaragua, "Independent health monitors estimate the actual number of cases is even higher [than official case counts] and will continue to rise quickly.  To combat the spread of the virus, Nicaraguan medical associations have urged the public to abide by a voluntary nationwide quarantine of three to four weeks’ duration."

13 May: The United States Embassy in Nicaragua quotes Nicaraguan Ministry of Health confirming 25 cases and 8 deaths as of 12 May. Case numbers are anticipated to be four times higher than the official numbers, according to independent organisations. The government has not implemented any travel restrictions or quarantine policies.

Case update can be seen on WHO situation reports.

The first case was detected on 18 March 2020. 

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