Despite a regional effort to vaccinate millions of people, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has its deadly grips firmly on countries and territories this week.
The Caribbean, under the weight of the dominant Delta variant, continues to be devastated even recording 54-straight weeks of mostly closed cases.
Over the last eight days, there were more than twice as many new regional infections (93,318) confirmed than closed cases (46,344).
Analysis of regional data by Our Today finds 30 of the 32 affected countries and territories have reported new cases within the last 48 hours.
Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Guadeloupe rank as the five worst-hit territories in the region, while Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda are experiencing a drastic spike in cases.
As at 6:48 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) on Friday, September 17, collated data from respective health departments across the region has indicated a combined total of 1,785,318 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Of that number, some 1,356,319 cases, or roughly 75.97 per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are an estimated 428,999 active cases regionally.
The statistics were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (1,333,309 recoveries to date, barring insufficient data from Puerto Rico, French Guiana, Guadeloupe and Martinique).
In the meantime, the total number of patients who succumbed to coronavirus-related complications spiked to 23,010.
See Our Today’s latest situational analysis on COVID-19 in the Caribbean below:
Cuba: 8,291 new cases; 784,416 confirmed. 6,676 patients have died. (730,673 recoveries)
Dominican Republic: 273 new cases; 354,716 confirmed. 4,027 patients have died. (345,706 patients have recovered)
Puerto Rico: 427 new cases; 178,305 confirmed. 3,055 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)
Jamaica: 601 new cases; 78,590 confirmed. 1,772 patients have died. (50,495 recoveries)
Guadeloupe: 804 new cases; 52,480 confirmed. 668 patients have died. (2,250 recoveries)
Trinidad and Tobago: 218 new cases; 48,143 confirmed. 1,405 patients have died. (42,752 recoveries)
Martinique: 140 new cases; 40,239 confirmed. 588 patients have died. (124 recoveries)
French Guiana: 245 new cases; 38,266 confirmed. 235 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)
Suriname: 608 new cases; 35,817 confirmed. 788 patients have died. (26,334 recoveries)
Guyana: 299 new cases; 28,831 confirmed. 703 patients have died. (24,756 recoveries)
Haiti: Eight new cases; 21,338 confirmed. 597 patients have died. (19,166 recoveries)
The Bahamas: 194 new cases; 19,795 confirmed. 469 patients have died. (17,492 recoveries)
Belize: 191 new cases; 18,334 confirmed. 389 patients have died. (16,409 recoveries)
Curaçao: 58 new cases; 15,925 confirmed. 155 patients have died. (15,316 recoveries)
Aruba: 25 new cases; 15,202 confirmed. 157 patients have died. (14,757 recoveries)
St Lucia: 127 new cases; 10,344 confirmed. 148 patients have died. (7,790 recoveries)
US Virgin Islands: 65 new cases; 6,439 confirmed. 67 patients have died. (6,163 recoveries)
Barbados: 110 new cases; 6,358 confirmed. 57 patients have died. (5,366 recoveries)
Sint Maarten: 23 new cases; 4,053 confirmed. 59 patients have died. (3,811 recoveries)
St Martin: 84 new cases; 3,646 confirmed. 45 patients have died. (1,399 recoveries)
Bermuda: 225 new cases; 3,273 confirmed. 37 patients have died. (2,766 recoveries)
Grenada: 232 new cases; 3,262 confirmed. 46 patients have died. (910 recoveries)
Turks & Caicos Islands: Five new cases; 2,799 confirmed. 21 patients have died. (2,661 recoveries)
Dominica: 60 new cases; 2,758 confirmed. Eight patients have died. (2,125 recoveries)
British Virgin Islands: No new cases; 2,642 confirmed. 37 patients have died. (2,555 recoveries)
St Vincent and the Grenadines: 54 new cases; 2,613 confirmed. 13 patients have died. (2,331 recoveries)
Antigua and Barbuda: 159 new cases; 2,463 confirmed. 55 patients have died. (1,551 recoveries)
St Kitts and Nevis: 33 new cases; 1,589 confirmed. Nine patients have died. (893 recoveries)
Saint-Barthélemy: Six new cases; 1,548 confirmed. Two patients have died. (462 recoveries)
Cayman Islands: 14 new cases; 772 confirmed. Two patients have died. (717 recoveries)
Anguilla: Six new cases; 331 confirmed. (317 recoveries)
Montserrat: No new cases; 31 confirmed. One patient has died. (23 recoveries)