(CMR) Things are beginning to look up for countries in the English-speaking Caribbean, as most have recorded very few new cases of COVID-19; while others have seen a steep decline in the daily coronavirus numbers.
What’s more is that the number of countries in the region with no active cases of the virus has continued to increase.
According to University professor Dr. Clive Landis, COVID-19 has been successfully contained in the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti, however he notes danger still looms.
Landis made the revelation while speaking as a guest on the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) podcast, “COVID-19: The Unwelcome Visitor”.
“The bottom line for the whole Caribbean is that the Caribbean has avoided the kind of outbreak, the kind of epidemic that we’ve seen in many European countries…and north America. We’ve avoided that,” said Landis
“When you look at the growth trajectories, they are basically flat [in virtually all the countries],” he added.
Despite the favourable figures the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in its latest Situation report published on May 6, 2020 said the risk of further importation of cases to the rest of the Caribbean remains very high.
CARPHA also shared that it had met with the University of the West Indies (UWI), and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and shared recommendations aimed at the easing of coronavirus restrictions in member states at a recent virtual CARICOM meeting.
CMR is today sharing a snapshot of the COVID-19 situation in countries in the English speaking.
There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in Anguilla. Anguilla previously had three confirmed cases.
Antigua and Barbuda
There are currently six active cases of COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda. The country has recorded 19 recoveries and six deaths. Antigua and Barbuda previously had 25 confirmed cases.
The Bahamas currently has 44 active cases of the coronavirus. Since Saturday (May 9) the country has recorded no new cases of COVID-19. To date, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is 92.
Barbados on Sunday (May 10) reported that the country had no new cases of the coronavirus. There are to date 84 cases of the coronavirus in Barbados. Seven individuals have died from the virus; while 57 had recovered. According to health officials, to date, 2,990 tests have been conducted.
There are to date 118 cases of the coronavirus in Bermuda. 64 patients have recovered while seven have died. According to health officials, to date, 4020 tests have been conducted.
British Virgin Islands
There are, to date, two active cases of the coronavirus in the British Virgin Islands. The island had a total of seven confirmed cases and 1 death. To date, they have recorded no additional cases. According to health officials in BVI a total of 143 individuals have been tested.
The Cayman Islands recorded three new cases of the coronavirus on Monday (May 11). The island now has 84 confirmed cases. The Cayman Islands currently ranks second in the region in terms of testing, to date over 3,000 tests have been conducted with the island’s premier vowing to ramp up testing to over 450 individuals per day.
To date Dominica has only one active case of the coronavirus. Previously, the island nation had 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Government statistics reveal that 420 people have been tested for COVID-19.
To date Grenada has six active coronavirus cases: with no new cases since May 1. The spice island had previously recorded 21 COVID-19 cases.
To date, there are 109 cases of the coronavirus in Guyana. According to official statistics coming out of the country, a total of 930 persons have been tested. The country’s death toll remains at 10.
There are to date 505 cases of the coronavirus in Jamaica. The total number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 is 90. According to official statistics out of the Ministry of Health and Wellness the country has conducted over 7,000 tests. Jamaica currently ranks first in the region in terms of testing.
Montserrat has one active case of the coronavirus. The country has not recorded any new cases of COVID-19 since late April. The country previously recorded 11 cases of the coronavirus and 1 death.
St Kitts and Nevis
Going on three weeks, St Kitts and Nevis has recorded no new cases of the coronavirus. To date they have three active COVID-19 cases. The country had previously recorded 15 cases of the virus.
To date, St Lucia has only one active case of the coronavirus. 17 patients have fully recovered. According to official data coming out of the island’s Ministry of Health, a total of 620 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.
To date there are two active coronavirus cases in Turks and Caicos. Turks and Caicos had previously recorded 12 cases of the virus and one COVID-19 related death. Official data out of TCI shows that 109 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.
Trinidad and Tobago
To date, Trinidad and Tobago have 116 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. According to reports out of the twin-island republic, 107 have been discharged, while the death toll remains at eight. According to official data out of the Ministry of Health, to date 2,307 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.