CARIB | Nov 17, 2020

Tracking COVID: Active coronavirus cases in the Caribbean surge; regional recovery rate still high

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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As COVID-19 infiltrate many Caribbean territories, hospitalisations have risen across the region—especially in Guadeloupe, where the island has to contend with the coronavirus and dengue fever outbreaks. (Photo: Le Figaro)

As the gap between active and closed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases narrows, the Caribbean could end its seventh week of stability amid the second wave of the deadly pandemic.

The likelihood of the region losing its foothold against the infectious disease is low, however, with 18 of the region’s 32 affected countries and territories reporting new cases within the last 24 hours.

As at 8:12 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) on Tuesday, November 17, collated data from respective health departments across the region have indicated a combined total of 267,727 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of that number, some 181,048 cases, or roughly 67.6 per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are currently 86,679 active cases regionally.

The encouraging figures were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (175,906 recoveries to date, barring insufficient data from Puerto Rico).

In the meantime, the total number of patients who succumbed to coronavirus-related complications has steadily climbed to 5,142.

At the time of publication, only four Caribbean countries and territories have managed to bring their active caseload to zero, namely: St Kitts and Nevis, British Virgin Islands, Monserrat and Anguilla.

See Our Today’s latest situational analysis on COVID-19 in the Caribbean below:

Confirmed cases to date: 267,727
Deaths: 5,142
Recoveries: 175,906*
Active cases: 86,679

—Data from Health Departments and Agencies across the Caribbean. (No recovery statistics have been forthcoming from Puerto Rico)

Dominican Republic: 494 new cases; 134,697 confirmed. 2,290 patients have died. (110,761 patients have recovered)

Puerto Rico: 469 new cases; 42,790 confirmed. 951 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)

French Guiana: 24 new cases; 10,900 confirmed. 70 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)

Jamaica: 30 new cases; 9,959 confirmed. 231 patients have died. (5,338 recoveries)

Haiti: Two new cases; 9,191 confirmed. 232 patients have died. (7,820 recoveries)

Guadeloupe: No new cases; 8,098 confirmed. 139 patients have died. (2,242 recoveries)

Cuba: 28 new cases; 7,667 confirmed. 131 patients have died. (7,113 recoveries)

The Bahamas: 30 new cases; 7,256 confirmed. 163 patients have died. (5,341 recoveries)

Trinidad and Tobago: 39 new cases; 6,135 confirmed. 113 patients have died. (5,460 recoveries)

Suriname: One new case; 5,275 confirmed. 115 patients have died. (5,148 recoveries)

Guyana: 51 new cases; 4,894 confirmed. 139 patients have died. (3,791 recoveries)

Belize: 22 new cases; 4,883 confirmed. 94 patients have died. (2,608 recoveries)

Martinique: No new cases; 4,732 confirmed. 37 patients have died. (124 recoveries)

Aruba: Eight new cases; 4,676 confirmed. 44 patients have died. (4,547 recoveries)

US Virgin Islands: 16 new cases; 1,450 confirmed. 23 patients have died. (1,382 recoveries)

Curaçao: 34 new cases; 1,374 confirmed. Two patients have died. (945 recoveries)

Sint Maarten: Six new cases; 939 confirmed. 24 patients have died. (857 recoveries)

Mass testing combined with contact tracing and strict social distancing protocols continued be the most meaningful methods of curbing further spread until a vaccine is approved and distributed.

Turks & Caicos Islands: No new cases; 720 confirmed. Six patients have died. (695 recoveries)

St Martin: No new cases; 655 confirmed. 12 patients have died. (551 recoveries)

Cayman Islands: Three new cases; 257 confirmed. Two patient has died. (240 recoveries)

Barbados: No new cases; 250 confirmed. Seven patients have died. (238 recoveries)

Bermuda: No new cases; 223 confirmed. Nine patients have died. (189 recoveries)

St Lucia: Seven new cases; 178 confirmed. Two patients have died. (60 recoveries)

Antigua and Barbuda: No new cases; 134 confirmed. Three patients have died. (127 recoveries)

Saint-Barthélemy: No new cases; 109 confirmed. (83 recoveries)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: No new cases; 78 confirmed. (77 recoveries)

Dominica: No new cases; 68 confirmed. (41 recoveries)

Grenada: One new case; 33 confirmed. (29 recoveries)

Countries without active cases

St Kitts and Nevis: No active cases. (Previously confirmed 19 cases)

British Virgin Islands: No active cases. (Previously confirmed 71 cases; one patient died)

Monserrat: No active cases. (Previously had 13 confirmed cases; one patient died)

Anguilla: No active cases. (Previously had three confirmed cases)


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