CARIB | Dec 6, 2020

Tracking COVID: Rocketing coronavirus infections trigger Caribbean Christmas worries

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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

A surge in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections across the Caribbean could jeopardise its tenth week of stability, even as the region tries to keep active cases at bay.

Ahead of the usually busy and crowded Christmas period, the gap between the region’s active and closed coronavirus cases further shrank on Sunday (December 6)—with 20 of the 32 affected countries and territories reporting new cases within the last 24 hours.

As at 6:33 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT), collated data from respective health departments across the region have indicated a combined total of 305,464 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of that number, some 194,991 cases, or roughly 63.83  per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are currently 110,473 active cases regionally.

The encouraging figures were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (189,388 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 5,603.

At the time of publication, only two Caribbean territories have managed to bring their active caseload to zero, namely: the British Virgin Islands and Monserrat.

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

Confirmed cases to date: 305,464
Deaths: 5,603
Recoveries: 189,388
Active cases: 110,473*

—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: 798 new cases; 148,453 confirmed. 2,345 patients have died. (116,873 patients have recovered)

Puerto Rico: 935 new cases; 55,532 confirmed. 1,192 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)

French Guiana: 73 new cases; 11,407 confirmed. 71 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)

Jamaica: 57 new cases; 11,120 confirmed. 265 patients have died. (6,998 recoveries)

Haiti: 23 new cases; 9,370 confirmed. 233 patients have died. (8,146 recoveries)

Cuba: 68 new cases; 8,782 confirmed. 136 patients have died. (7,963 recoveries)

Guadeloupe: No new cases; 8,427 confirmed. 149 patients have died. (2,242 recoveries)

Belize: 218 new cases; 7,601 confirmed. 172 patients have died. (3,752 recoveries)

The Bahamas: Five new cases; 7,570 confirmed. 163 patients have died. (5,995 recoveries)

Trinidad and Tobago: 16 new cases; 6,751 confirmed. 122 patients have died. (5,907 recoveries)

Guyana: 36 new cases; 5,637 confirmed. 151 patients have died. (4,733 recoveries)

Martinique: No new cases; 5,520 confirmed. 41 patients have died. (124 recoveries)

Suriname: Two new cases; 5,324 confirmed. 117 patients have died. (5,207 recoveries)

Aruba: Eight new cases; 4,965 confirmed. 45 patients have died. (4,788 recoveries)

Curaçao: 121 new cases;  3,011 confirmed. Seven patients have died. (1,328 recoveries)

Tests to confirm coronavirus infection are administered through the nasopharynx or via blood sample. (Photo: World Health Organisation)

US Virgin Islands: 20 new cases; 1,633 confirmed. 23 patients have died. (1,513 recoveries)

Sint Maarten: 19 new cases; 1,139 confirmed. 26 patients have died. (1,017 recoveries)

Turks & Caicos Islands: One new case; 756 confirmed. Six patients have died. (740 recoveries)

St Martin: No new cases; 717 confirmed. 12 patients have died. (641 recoveries)

Bermuda: 10 new cases; 288 confirmed. Nine patients have died. (216 recoveries)

Cayman Islands: No new cases; 288 confirmed. Two patient have died. (257 recoveries)

Barbados: One new case; 285 confirmed. Seven patients have died. (260 recoveries)

St Lucia: Three new cases; 265 confirmed. Two patients have died. (158 recoveries)

Saint-Barthélemy: No new cases; 147 confirmed. One patient has died. (105 recoveries)

Antigua and Barbuda: No new cases; 144 confirmed. Four patients have died. (133 recoveries)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: No new cases; 87 confirmed. (80 recoveries)

Dominica: No new cases; 85 confirmed. (72 recoveries)

Grenada: No new cases; 41 confirmed. (39 recoveries)

Amid the second wave of the pandemic, Caribbean countries have ramped up their respective responces with en-masse testing complied with measures targeting mass movement of the general population.

St Kitts and Nevis: Three new cases; 25 confirmed. (20 recoveries)

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

Countries without active cases

British Virgin Islands: No active cases. (Previously confirmed 72 cases; one patient died)

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


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