Caribbean countries record more COVID deaths


Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were on Tuesday recording more deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and appealing to citizens to maintain the protocols and measures aimed at preventing its spread.

The Ministry of Health in The Bahamas said that a 74-year-old male from New Providence, where the majority of the cases are recorded, had become the country’s latest victim, bringing the death toll to 123.

There are now 5,773 positive cases with 3,339 recovered.

Guyana recorded three deaths over the past 24 hours, pushing its total to 114.

The Ministry of Health said those who succumbed to the virus were all women ranging in ages from 64 to 74 years.

It said that 31 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday and that here are 12 patients in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit, 74 patients in institutional isolation and 819 in home isolation.

Guyana has recorded 3,675 positive cases with 2, 749 persons having recovered.

In Belize, a man in his 30s, who was found gasping for breath at his home, died on arrival at the Northern regional Hospital. He had been swabbed previously in July and the “diagnosis was made post-mortem”.

There have been 45 deaths associated with the virus.

The Office of Director of Health Services said 20 new cases identified over the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 1,692 with 1,096 being active cases.

Trinidad and Tobago’s death toll increased by one after the unidentified person died within the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health in its latest update listed total COVID-19 deaths at 97 people, but gave no details, such as age, gender and comorbidities of the latest victim.

The statement said the country now has 1,505 active cases with 81 patients in hospital.

It said that the country has recorded 5,298 positive cases, of whom 3,696 have recovered.

Jamaica has recorded 53 new COVID-19 and one death over the past 24 hours, with the Ministry of Health and Wellness indicating that the new cases, consisting of 28 males and 25 females, were in the age group one to 90 years.

The country’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 8,374, of which 4,085 are active. While the death of the 85-year-old male from St Ann, has pushed the death toll to 174.

The ministry also reported that 51 more patients have recovered from the virus. This brings the country’s total recoveries to 4,002.

In Suriname, the number of active cases on Monday evening dropped to 66, after being at 78 the night before. Quarantined individuals dropped from 540 to 185 and positive individuals in isolation from 52 to 41.

In the past 24 hours, three new infections have been registered: two in Paramaribo and one in Sipaliwini. Suriname has 5,133 positive cases. The number of people recovered is 4,959, including 15 in the past 24 hours. There are also 23 people with COVID-19 in hospitals and five in the intensive care unit. The death toll in the country is 109.

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