CARIB | Jan 14, 2022

Tracking COVID: Massive recovery surge fails in slowing Caribbean Omicron outbreak

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

Coronavirus-related deaths, at 311, have dealt a great blow to the Caribbean island of St Lucia, with new infections again on the rise. The Omicron variant is presumed present in St Lucia, as officials suggest the viral mutation is responsible for the increased hospitalisations being experienced at this time. (Photo taken from video. | Government of St Lucia)

Even the biggest-single surge in recoveries across the Caribbean wasn’t enough to halt the skyrocketing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as the region collectively shatters records again this week.

The Caribbean-wide outbreak, spurred by the Omicron variant, sees historic new daily case highs with six of the 32 affected countries and territories (Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands) recording the only double-digit figured in the last 48 hours.

While Puerto Rico remains the region’s current epicentre, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Guadeloupe are being equally punished with spikes never before seen.

Now, in a race against itself and the remaining unvaccinated populations, the Caribbean clings desperately to a hard-earned 71 weeks of keeping mostly closed cases.

That, however, is also at risk of collapsing as new infections (222,901) more than tripled the number of closed cases (70,713) recorded regionally in the last seven days.

Further analysis of regional data finds all 32 affected countries and territories have reported new cases within the last 48 hours. Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago rank as the five worst-hit territories in the region. 

As at 3:24 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) on Friday, January 14, collated data from respective health departments across the region has indicated a combined total of 2,693,824 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of that number, some 1,930,830 cases, or roughly 71.68 per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are an estimated 762,994 active cases regionally.

The statistics were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (1,899,927 recoveries to date, barring insufficient data from Puerto Rico and France’s overseas territories region-wide).

In the meantime, the total number of patients who succumbed to coronavirus-related complications spiked to 30,903.

So far, checks across the Caribbean by Our Today, have noted the confirmation of Omicron in Sint Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Bermuda, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Belize, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Curaçao, Aruba, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cayman Islands, Barbados and St Martin. 

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infiltrated every territory in the Caribbean.

The variant of concern is presumed ‘present’ in the local populations of Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, Guyana, St Lucia, Suriname, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica. The word is still out, however, on the possible Omicron status of Montserrat and Anguilla.

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

Confirmed cases to date: 2,693,824
Deaths: 30,903
Recoveries: 1,899,927*
Active cases: 762,994*

*—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: 3,336 new cases; 992,125 confirmed. 8,332 patients have died. (969,697 recoveries)

Dominican Republic: 7,174 new cases; 489,631 confirmed. 4,266 patients have died. (444,925 patients have recovered)

Puerto Rico: 11,452 new cases; 385,557 confirmed. 3,446 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)

Jamaica: 1,262 new cases; 108,983 confirmed. 2,517 patients have died. (66,946 recoveries)

Trinidad and Tobago: 453 new cases; 98,927 confirmed. 3,134 patients have died. (79,939 recoveries)

Guadeloupe: 13,215 new cases; 73,959 confirmed. 754 patients have died. (2,250 recoveries)

French Guiana: 974 new cases; 65,083 confirmed. 345 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)

Martinique: 1,171 new cases; 63,055 confirmed. 802 patients have died. (124 recoveries)

Workers with the Ministry of Health in Suriname engage with citizens about the importance of mask-wearing and adherence to social distancing protocols during a public education drive in late November 2020. (Photo: Facebook @VolksgezondheidSuriname)

Suriname: 885 new cases; 61,708 confirmed. 1,203 patients have died. (49,126 recoveries)

Guyana: 1,186 new cases; 48,191 confirmed. 1,075 patients have died. (38,569 recoveries)

Belize: 940 new cases; 39,890 confirmed. 607 patients have died. (32,139 recoveries)

Barbados: 577 new cases; 33,888 confirmed. 269 patients have died. (29,388 recoveries)

Curaçao: 1,065 new cases; 31,929 confirmed. 199 patients have died. (20,929 recoveries)

The Bahamas: 178 new cases; 29,908 confirmed. 719 patients have died. (22,817 recoveries)

Aruba: 517 new cases; 29,694 confirmed. 184 patients have died. (26,685 recoveries)

Haiti: 82 new cases; 27,082 confirmed. 780 patients have died. (23,981 recoveries)

St Lucia: 568 new cases; 16,505 confirmed. 311 patients have died. (13,691 recoveries)

US Virgin Islands: 291 new cases; 13,401 confirmed. 91 patients have died. (11,141 recoveries)

Cayman Islands: 440 new cases; 11,666 confirmed. 14 patients have died. (8,093 recoveries)

A Bermudian nurse demonstrates the proper protocol to administer a nasopharyngeal coronavirus (COVID-19) test on September 23, 2021. (Photo: @BerrmudaNursesAssociation)

Grenada: 293 new cases; 9,259 confirmed. 202 patients have died. (6,075 recoveries)

Bermuda: 661 new cases; 8,541 confirmed. 110 patients have died. (6,549 recoveries)

Sint Maarten: 351 new cases; 8,250 confirmed. 75 patients have died. (5,578 recoveries)

St Martin: 2,275 reported new cases; 7,713 confirmed. 60 patients have died. (1,399 recoveries)

Dominica: 105 new cases; 7,667 confirmed. 47 patients have died. (7,116 recoveries)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Six new cases; 6,581 confirmed. 85 patients have died. (5,574 recoveries)

Antigua and Barbuda: 45 new cases; 5,214 confirmed. 120 patients have died. (4,146 recoveries)

British Virgin Islands: 183 new cases; 4,947 confirmed. 40 patients have died. (3,520 recoveries)

Turks & Caicos Islands: 95 new cases; 4,731 confirmed. 28 patients have died. (3,853 recoveries)

St Kitts and Nevis: 161 new cases; 4,645 confirmed. 28 patients have died. (3,303 recoveries)

Saint-Barthélemy: 481 new cases; 2,927 confirmed. Six patients have died. (462 recoveries)

Student vaccinations continue in earnest in Belize and the CARICOM member state sees a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases. Photo taken September 15, 2021. (Photo: Facebokk @BelizeHealth)

Anguilla: 47 new cases; 2,040 confirmed. Six patients have died. (1,857 recoveries)

Montserrat: Six new cases; 127 confirmed. One patient has died. (60 recoveries)

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


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