Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Belize During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Belize During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

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April 1, 2020

Laura Diffendal, IL Belize Correspondent What is Daily Life Like at the Moment in Belize? We have had two confirmed positive cases as of today. Both cases were, thankfully, on the island of Ambergris Caye. I say thankfully, because it seems to be easier to cut off an island than it is the mainland. Ambergris Read more...: Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Belize During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Colombia During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Colombia During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

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March 31, 2020

As of March 21, Colombia has 196 cases with nearly half of those in the capital city of Bogotá. The situation has been changing rapidly over the past two weeks as health and government officials are reacting to the spread of the virus and doing their best to contain it.

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Italy During Lockdown?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Italy During Lockdown?

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March 30, 2020

Italy has been hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, as everyone has seen on the news. It arrived silently and took the country by surprise—and by storm. The information on the virus was still scarce and leaders took a wait-and-see approach at first, convinced the few cases would be contained...

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Uruguay During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Uruguay During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

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March 30, 2020

In Uruguay, schools and many businesses, such as restaurants, bars, and gyms are closed. Professionals who can work from home are encouraged to do so. The government is providing televised updates daily on the numbers of cases along with recommendations and instructions.

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Panama During Lockdown?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Panama During Lockdown?

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March 28, 2020

As I write this—halfway around the world from most who will read it—it occurs to me that we are all in the same boat. No matter where you are, there are worries…compassion for many who have lost jobs or worse, loved ones…and hope that we can slow the spread of the specific strain commonly referred to as the Coronavirus...

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Vietnam During Lockdown?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Vietnam During Lockdown?

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March 27, 2020

Vietnam, along with several other Asian countries, had already gained valuable experience from dealing with the 2003 SARS epidemic. When COVID-19 came here, the government had a plan in place almost immediately. Within a week of the first COVID-19 case, Vietnam began building quarantine facilities and hospitals...

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in France During Lockdown?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in France During Lockdown?

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March 26, 2020

Things in France are very quiet at the moment. We’ve had several “executive orders” which started with a strong recommendation to stay at home and a closure of all schools and universities, and ended with all non-essential businesses being closed and strict regulations on when you can leave your home...

Expat Diary: What Is Life Like In Portugal During Lockdown?

Expat Diary: What Is Life Like In Portugal During Lockdown?

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March 25, 2020

Commonly known as Coronavirus, here in Portugal the number of those who have contracted it is in flux. With the possibility of community transmission and limited testing—we don’t know quite where we stand. What we do know is what the government has done so far and how people are responding...