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CARIB | Jun 28, 2022

Tracking COVID: The Caribbean just shy of 4 million coronavirus cases; death toll hits 35,000+

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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

A week into summer, countries across the Caribbean are hours away from hitting a new coronavirus (COVID-19) milestone of four million cumulative cases. 

The Caribbean first hit one million COVID-19 cases in mid-July 2021, over a year after the first wave of infections was observed at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. The region doubled that total three months later and reached the three million caseload mark earlier in January as the Omicron variant raged across the world.

The region remains tightly in the grips of the pandemic, as evidenced by new infections (276,820) far outperforming the rate of closed cases (78,226) over the past 40 days.

Encouragingly, with the Caribbean closing in on its 96th week of maintaining mostly closed cases, only Cuba, Dominica, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and the Cayman Islands have not recorded any new deaths since late May. 

Further analysis of regional data finds that 28 of the 32 affected countries and territories have reported new cases within the last 48 hours†. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Martinique rank as the five worst-hit territories in the region. 

As at 3:41 pm Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) today (June 28), collated data from respective health departments across the region has indicated a combined total of 3,998,281 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Anguilla is has intensified its vaccination drive. (Photo: Facebook @MinistryofHealthAnguilla)

Of that number, some 2,549,541 cases, or roughly 63.92 per cent, have officially been declared closed. There are an estimated 1,428,740 active cases regionally.

The statistics were largely the result of patients across the Caribbean reporting a full recovery from the infectious disease (2,514,261 recoveries to date, barring insufficient data out of Puerto Rico and France’s overseas territories region-wide).

In the meantime, the total number of patients who succumbed to coronavirus-related complications increased to 35,380.

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

Confirmed cases to date: 3,998,281
Deaths: 35,380
Recoveries: 2,514,261*
Active cases: 1,438,740*

*—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)
†—Cases are now reported weekly by authorities in the British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.
A Jamaican man takes a COVID-19 jab on the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ mobile vaccination drive in the rural community of Thicketts, St Ann. (Photo: Facebook @ChrisTufton)

Cuba: 17 new cases; 1,105,967 confirmed. 8,529 patients have died. (1,097,258 recoveries)

Puerto Rico: 1,421 new cases; 764,451 confirmed. 4,532 patients have died. (*No information available on recoveries)

Dominican Republic: 902 new cases; 603,256 confirmed. 4,383 patients have died. (595,317 patients have recovered)

Guadeloupe: 2,096 new cases; 294,521 confirmed. 876 patients have died. (2,250 recoveries)

Martinique: 701 new cases; 185,307 confirmed. 975 patients have died. (124 recoveries)

Trinidad and Tobago: 73 new cases; 166,785 confirmed. 4,004 patients have died. (156,037 recoveries)

Jamaica: 66 new cases; 142,626 confirmed. 3,121 patients have died. (90,762 recoveries)

French Guiana: 1,315 new cases; 86,911 confirmed. 401 patients have died. (9,995 recoveries)

Barbados: 44 new cases; 83,820 confirmed. 473 patients have died. (82,217 recoveries)

Suriname: 51 new cases; 80,817 confirmed. 1,359 patients have died. (49,561 recoveries)

Guyana: 15 new cases; 67,114 confirmed. 1,251 patients have died. (64,948 recoveries)

Belize: 273 new cases; 63,310 confirmed. 679 patients have died. (61,683 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)

Curaçao: 126 new cases; 44,440 confirmed. 278 patients have died. (43,959 recoveries)

Aruba: 615 new cases; 40,595 confirmed. 221 patients have died. (39,905 recoveries)

The Bahamas: 55 new cases; 35,810 confirmed. 816 patients have died. (34,094 recoveries)

Haiti: 55 new cases; 31,410 confirmed. 837 patients have died. (29,824 recoveries)

Cayman Islands: 369 new cases; 27,171 confirmed. 28 patients have died. (8,553 recoveries)

St Lucia: 33 new cases; 26,970 confirmed. 380 patients have died. (26,476 recoveries)

US Virgin Islands: 39 new cases; 20,828 confirmed. 118 patients have died. (20,537 recoveries)

Grenada: Nine new cases; 18,270 confirmed. 232 patients have died. (17,920 recoveries)

Bermuda: 195 new cases; 15,957 confirmed. 138 patients have died. (15,568 recoveries)

Dominica: 16 new cases; 14,781 confirmed. 63 patients have died. (14,450 recoveries)

St Martin: No reported new cases; 10,668 confirmed. 63 patients have died. (1,399 recoveries)

Sint Maarten: 43 new cases; 10,580 confirmed. 86 patients have died. (10,459 recoveries)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Seven new cases; 9,045 confirmed. 111 patients have died. (8,854 recoveries)

Antigua and Barbuda: 21 new cases; 8,625 confirmed. 141 patients have died. (8,426 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 June 13, 2021. (photo: Facebook @MOHGuyana)

British Virgin Islands: 102 new cases; 6,941 confirmed. 63 patients have died. (6,801 recoveries)

Turks & Caicos Islands: No reported new cases; 6,211 confirmed. 36 patients have died. (6,128 recoveries)

St Kitts and Nevis: No new cases; 5,992 confirmed; 43 patients have died. (5,862 recoveries)

Saint-Barthélemy: No reported new cases; 4,630 confirmed. Six patients have died. (462 recoveries)

Anguilla: 45 new cases; 3,456 confirmed. Nine patients have died. (3,426 recoveries)

Montserrat: One new case; 1,016 confirmed. Eight patients have died. (1,006 recoveries)

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

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