CARIB | Dec 13, 2020

Tracking COVID: Montserrat stands as Caribbean’s lone ‘coronavirus free’ territory

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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And then there was one: Montserrat sits precariously alone as the Caribbean’s only territory without active COVID-19 cases ahead of the Christmas season. (Photo:

The British-governed island of Montserrat is the Caribbean’s only territory without active cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the start of a new week as the pandemic’s second wave intensifies.

The region nears a twelfth week of more closed cases that active infections recorded, Our Today analysis has discovered. However, with the Caribbean just over a week away from the height of the usually busy Christmas season, fears of a deadly spike in the new year grow with each passing day.

Encouragingly, only 17 of the 32 affected countries and territories reported new cases within the last 24 hours.

As at 10:38 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) on Sunday, December 13, collated data from respective health departments across the region have indicated a combined total of 323,004 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of that number, some 202,232 cases, or roughly 62.61  per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are currently 120,772 active cases regionally.

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

The encouraging figures were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (191,954 recoveries to date, barring insufficient data from Puerto Rico and Martinique).

In the meantime, the total number of patients who succumbed to coronavirus-related complications has steadily climbed to 5,740.

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

Confirmed cases to date: 323,004
Deaths: 5,740
Recoveries: 196,492*
Active cases: 114,356*

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

Dominican Republic: 1,107 new cases; 154,692 confirmed. 2,361 patients have died. (120,481 patients have recovered)

Puerto Rico: 721 new cases; 61,723 confirmed. 1,272 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)

French Guiana: 45 new cases; 11,800 confirmed. 71 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)

Jamaica: 102 new cases; 11,710 confirmed. 273 patients have died. (7,954 recoveries)

Haiti: 26 new cases; 9,491 confirmed. 233 patients have died. (8,241 recoveries)

Cuba: 69 new cases; 9,423 confirmed. 137 patients have died. (8,434 recoveries)

Belize: 208 new cases; 9,173 confirmed. 192 patients have died. (4,279 recoveries)

Guadeloupe: No new cases; 8,472 confirmed. 151 patients have died. (2,242 recoveries)

The Bahamas: 11 new cases; 7,659 confirmed. 163 patients have died. (6,069 recoveries)

Trinidad and Tobago: 15 new cases; 6,879 confirmed. 122 patients have died. (6,145 recoveries)

The Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic—a Caribbean country with a spiralling COVID-19 outbreak—ramped up an testing and vaccination initiative on Friday (November 27). 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 141,000 people have been confirmed infected in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Facebook @SaludPublicaRD)

Guyana: 41 new cases; 5,920 confirmed. 155 patients have died. (5,073 recoveries)

Martinique: No new cases; 5,575 confirmed. 41 patients have died. (124 recoveries)

Suriname: 10 new cases; 5,349 confirmed. 117 patients have died. (5,221 recoveries)

Aruba: Five new cases; 5,049 confirmed. 46 patients have died. (4,896 recoveries)

Curaçao: 75 new cases;  3,576 confirmed. 10 patients have died. (1,708 recoveries)

US Virgin Islands: 58 new cases; 1,791 confirmed. 23 patients have died. (1,589 recoveries)

Sint Maarten: Seven new cases; 1,232 confirmed. 26 patients have died. (1,075 recoveries)

St Martin: No new cases; 801 confirmed. 12 patients have died. (675 recoveries)

Turks & Caicos Islands: No new cases; 769 confirmed. Six patients have died. (741 recoveries)

Bermuda: No new cases; 391 confirmed. Nine patients have died. (233 recoveries)

A political map of the Caribbean. (Photo: Nations Online Project)

Cayman Islands: No new cases; 298 confirmed. Two patient have died. (267 recoveries)

Barbados: No new cases; 292 confirmed. Seven patients have died. (269 recoveries)

St Lucia: One new case; 275 confirmed. Four patients have died. (203 recoveries)

Saint-Barthélemy: No new cases; 162 confirmed. One patient has died. (127 recoveries)

Antigua and Barbuda: One new case; 148 confirmed. Four patients have died. (138 recoveries)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Four new cases; 98 confirmed. (81 recoveries)

Dominica: No new cases; 87 confirmed. (81 recoveries)

British Virgin Islands: No new cases; 76 confirmed. One patient has died. (72 recoveries) 

Grenada: No new cases; 43 confirmed. (41 recoveries)

St Kitts and Nevis: No new cases; 27 confirmed. (23 recoveries)

Anguilla: No new cases; 10 confirmed. (Three recoveries)

Countries without active cases

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


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