CARIB | Oct 14, 2021

Tracking COVID: Caribbean-wide outbreak officially passes two million cases

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

Coronavirus-related deaths have dealt a great blow to the Caribbean island of St Lucia, which is now starting to see a decline in new infections from the fourth wave that is yet to ease. (Photo captured from video. | Government of St Lucia)

Countries and territories across the Caribbean have hit another worrying milestone this week, as cumulative coronavirus (COVID-19) cases spiked over 2,000,000. 

It is a most concerning record as it took over 16 months for the region to first register one million cases back in July 2021. Now, just three months later, another one million cases have been recorded, largely owing to the impact of the deadly and highly transmissible Delta variant. 

Still, amid the sombre landmark, the Caribbean has confirmed 58 consecutive weeks of keeping mostly closed cases.

Over the last seven days, regional closed cases (43,614) slightly outnumbered new infections (41,309) in another neck-and-neck ‘battle’.

Our Today analysis of regional data finds all but three of the 32 affected countries and territories have reported new cases within the last 48 hours. Reports from respective ministries of health of The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands and St Vincent and the Grenadines were not forthcoming since last week’s regional update.

Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Guadeloupe still rank as the five worst-hit territories in the region. Suriname, Barbados and Belize remain under drastic spike in cases coinciding with the Delta variant’s introduction in local populations.

As at 4:30 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) on Thursday, October 14, collated data from respective health departments across the region has indicated a combined total of 2,013,159 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of that number, some 1,616,265 cases, or roughly 80.28 per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are an estimated 396,894 active cases regionally.

The statistics were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (1,589,813 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 26,452.

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

Confirmed cases to date: 2,013,159
Deaths: 26,452
Recoveries: 1,589,813*
Active cases: 396,894*

*—Data from Health Departments and Agencies across the Caribbean. (Full or partial recovery statistics have not been forthcoming from Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, St Martin, French Guiana, Saint-Barthélemy and Martinique)

Cuba: 2,364 new cases; 928,684 confirmed. 7,994 patients have died. (909,042 recoveries)

Dominican Republic: 752 new cases; 368,131 confirmed. 4,082 patients have died. (356,774 patients have recovered)

Puerto Rico: 75 new cases; 183,340 confirmed. 3,199 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)

Jamaica: 215 new cases; 86,722 confirmed. 1,964 patients have died. (54,895 recoveries)

Jamaica, hitting over 2,000 COVID-related deaths on Sunday, October 10 has the worst death toll in CARICOM. (Photo:

Guadeloupe:  200 new cases; 54,152 confirmed. 731 patients have died. (2,250 recoveries)

Trinidad and Tobago: 217 new cases; 53,216 confirmed. 1,572 patients have died. (47,437 recoveries)

Suriname: 321 new cases; 45,592 confirmed. 994 patients have died. (27,044 recoveries)

French Guiana: 141 new cases; 43,225 confirmed. 295 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)

Martinique: 86 new cases; 42,269 confirmed. 656 patients have died. (124 recoveries)

Guyana: 150 new cases; 33,973 confirmed. 851 patients have died. (29,435 recoveries)

Belize: 239 new cases; 23,507 confirmed. 451 patients have died. (20,316 recoveries)

Haiti: 96 new cases; 22,827 confirmed. 649 patients have died. (19,989 recoveries)

The Bahamas: No reported new cases; 21,518 confirmed. 586 patients have died. (19,605 recoveries)

Curaçao: 31 new cases;  16,886 confirmed. 169 patients have died. (16,382 recoveries)

Aruba: 18 new cases; 15,681 confirmed. 170 patients have died. (15,331 recoveries)

St Lucia: 41 new cases; 12,095 confirmed. 231 patients have died. (11,137 recoveries)

Barbados: 311 new cases; 11,785 confirmed. 103 patients have died. (8,868 recoveries)

A healthcare worker guides a member of the public during the ‘Protect Each Other’ Vaccination Drive-Thru on the main island of Tortola on Monday, July 19. (Photo: Facebook @BVIGovernment)

US Virgin Islands: 42 new cases; 7,020 confirmed. 78 patients have died. (6,805 recoveries)

Grenada: 21 new cases; 5,691 confirmed. 189 patients have died. (5,268 recoveries)

Bermuda: 35 new cases; 5,548 confirmed. 95 patients have died. (4,979 recoveries)

Sint Maarten: 11 new cases; 4,431 confirmed. 70 patients have died. (4,266 recoveries)

Dominica: 40 new cases; 4,153 confirmed. 28 patients have died. (3,841 recoveries)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: No reported new cases; 3,965 confirmed. 21 patients have died. (2,532 recoveries)

Antigua and Barbuda: 13 new cases; 3,830 confirmed. 93 patients have died. (2,937 recoveries)

St Martin: 32 new cases; 3,819 confirmed. 55 patients have died. (1,399 recoveries)

Turks & Caicos Islands: Seven new cases; 2,905 confirmed. 23 patients have died. (2,823 recoveries)

British Virgin Islands: No reported new cases; 2,725 confirmed. 37 patients have died. (2,649 recoveries)

St Kitts and Nevis: 23 new cases; 2,435 confirmed. 20 patients have died. (1,431 recoveries)

The Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic—a Caribbean country with a spiralling COVID-19 outbreak—ramped up a testing and vaccination initiative in November 2020. Members of the National Confederation of Transport Organizations (CONATRA) were tested for the coronavirus and given influenza shots in a heightened attempt to control the epidemic. More than 320,000 people have been confirmed infected in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Facebook @SaludPublicaRD)

Saint-Barthélemy: One new case; 1,588 confirmed. Six patients have died. (462 recoveries)

Cayman Islands: 15 new cases; 1,011 confirmed. Two patients have died. (827 recoveries)

Anguilla: 50 new cases; 664 confirmed. One patient has died. (580 recoveries)

Montserrat: One new case; 41 confirmed. One patient has died.  (30 recoveries)

NB: There are no countries without active cases at this time


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