CARIB | Jul 22, 2021

Tracking COVID: Delta variant sparks renewed Caribbean outbreak

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

Digitally generated image of the Delta variant of COVID-19. (Photo: TIME Magazine)

A white-hot outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections currently rages across the Caribbean this week, fuelled by the highly transmissible and deadlier Delta variant. 

Even as the region enters its 46th consecutive week of maintaining mostly closed cases, the Delta variant’s confirmation in Cuba, Barbados, Curaçao, Puerto Rico as well as the British and US virgin islands is a major cause for concern.

In the last nine days, after recording over one million cumulative cases, new infections (88,000) continue to outnumber closed cases (77,123).

Analysis of regional data by Our Today finds 31 of the 32 affected countries and territories have reported new cases within the last 48 hours. There remains no location across the Caribbean enjoying zero active cases.

Cuba, Dominican Republic Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago still rank as the four worst-hit territories in the region, while Martinique and the British Virgin Islands are experiencing a drastic spike in cases.

As at 3:58 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) on Thursday, July 22, collated data from respective health departments across the region has indicated a combined total of 1,091,246 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of that number, some 780,911 cases, or roughly 71.6 per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are an estimated 310,335 active cases regionally.

The statistics were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (765,982 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 14,929.

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

Confirmed cases to date: 1,091,246
Deaths: 14,929
Recoveries: 765,982*
Active cases: 310,335*

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

Dominican Republic: 611 new cases; 338,902 confirmed. 3,897 patients have died. (287,607 patients have recovered)

President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, receiving his third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 booster at the Club San Carlos vaccination centre in the National District of Santo Domingo on Wednesday, July 21. (Photo: Facebook SaludPublicaRD)

Cuba: 7,745 new cases; 308,599 confirmed. 2,137 patients have died. (270,757 recoveries)

Puerto Rico: 180 new cases; 142,359 confirmed. 2,566 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)

Jamaica: 138 new cases; 51,542 confirmed. 1,167 patients have died. (46,773 recoveries)

Trinidad and Tobago: 272 new cases; 36,626 confirmed. 1,003 patients have died. (29,841 recoveries)

French Guiana: 134 new cases; 29,419 confirmed. 170 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)

Suriname: 55 new cases; 24,490 confirmed. 625 patients have died. (20,681 recoveries)

Guyana: 65 new cases; 21,773 confirmed. 515 patients have died. (20,009 recoveries)

A healthcare worker takes details from citizens participating in Guyana’s drive-through vaccination drive at the Movietowne Turkeyen in the capital Georgetown on Sunday, June 13. (photo: Facebook @MOHGuyana)

Haiti: 64 new cases; 19,627 confirmed. 512 patients have died. (13,122 recoveries)

Guadeloupe: 281 new cases; 17,779 confirmed. 238 patients have died. (2,242 recoveries)

Martinique: 2,241 new cases; 15,564 confirmed. 104 patients have died. (124 recoveries)

Belize: 49 new cases; 13,865 confirmed. 332 patients have died. (13,165 recoveries)

The Bahamas: 95 new cases; 13,781 confirmed. 274 patients have died. (12,158 recoveries)

Curaçao: 79 new cases;  12,962 confirmed. 126 patients have died. (12,275 recoveries)

Aruba: 15 new cases; 11,272 confirmed. 109 patients have died. (11,052 recoveries)

St Lucia: 12 new cases; 5,496 confirmed. 87 patients have died. (5,304 recoveries)

Barbados: 10 new cases; 4,302 confirmed. 47 patients have died. (4,089 recoveries)

While far from over, health officials in Aruba have begun cauterising the localised outbreak.

US Virgin Islands: 37 new cases; 4,286 confirmed. 33 patients have died. (4,061 recoveries)

Sint Maarten: Eight new cases; 2,695 confirmed. 34 patients have died. (2,617 recoveries)

Bermuda: Five new cases; 2,535 confirmed. 33 patients have died. (2,487 recoveries)

Turks & Caicos Islands: One new case; 2,459 confirmed. 18 patients have died. (2,404 recoveries)

St Martin: 51 new cases; 2,481 confirmed. 38 patients have died. (1,399 recoveries)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Three new cases; 2,266 confirmed. 12 patients have died. (2,198 recoveries)

British Virgin Islands: 186 new cases; 2,210 confirmed. 23 patients have died. (588 recoveries)

Antigua and Barbuda: Two new cases; 1,277 confirmed. 42 patients have died. (1,225 recoveries)

Saint-Barthélemy: Five new cases; 989 confirmed. One patient has died. (462 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. The British Virging Islands, which has confirmed the Delta variant, is experiencing a skyrocketing infection curve. (Photo: Facebook @BVIGovernment)

Cayman Islands: Two new cases; 627 confirmed. Two patients have died. (618 recoveries)

St Kitts and Nevis: No new cases; 557 confirmed. Three patients have died. (514 recoveries)

Dominica: Three new cases; 209 confirmed. (196 recoveries)

Grenada: Two new cases; 163 confirmed. One patient has died. (160 recoveries)

Anguilla: Two new cases; 113 confirmed. (111 recoveries)

Montserrat: One new case; 21 confirmed. One patient has died. (19 recoveries) 

There are no countries without active cases at this time in the Caribbean


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