Covid-19 in the Caribbean

Covid-19 in the Caribbean

Situation update, as of 31st August 2021:

Dramatic health situation in the French West Indies

The health situation deteriorated dramatically at the end of June in Martinique and mid-July in Guadeloupe due to the 4th wave of SARS-CoV2 and the spread of the delta variant representing more than 90% of the contaminations.

Cases have increased dramatically and to this day there are large numbers of patients in emergency rooms. The worsening of the health crisis with the continuous flow of hospitalized patients has been accompanied by an increasing number of deaths of often young people. The number of serious cases is always linked to fragile patients with comorbidities.

In Martinique, where the first covid death occurred on 17 August 2021, 72.2% of covid deaths were recorded during this 4th epidemic wave which began at the end of June 2021. In Guadeloupe the situation is comparable:

The holidays are ending with a still strong presence of Covid-19 and a “very critical” situation. Further reinforcements of health workers are expected, and eyes are on the schools where a new outbreak could start. This is a very worrying point as the vaccination rate remains low. The vaccination coverage rate (at least one injection) of the eligible population (over 12 years old) in Guadeloupe is currently 32.82%, and 30% in Martinique. 

In view of the seriousness of the current health situation, the political and health authorities have decided to postpone the start of the school year. Initially scheduled for 2 September, it has been postponed to 13 September in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy and in the red zones in French Guyana.

In the face of this dramatic situation, new voices and new commitments from many personalities are speaking out in favor of vaccination.

Countries/Territories Cases 31 August Cases
Per 100 000
Deaths   Deaths
Per 100 000
Cuba 646 513 5 701 5 219 46
Dominican Republic 350 017 3 293 4 007 37
Puerto Rico 203 195 6 363 2 758 86
Jamaica 67 402 2 280 1 510 51
Guadeloupe 45 277 12 014 439 116
Trinidad & Tobago 44 481 3 178 1 278 91
Martinique 34 845 9 352 405 108
French Guiana 34 375 12 127 215 75
Suriname 28 840 4 920 715 121
Guyana 25 333 3 214 611 77
Haïti 20 850 188 584 5
Bahamas 18 139 4 624 354 90
Sainte Lucia 8 111 4 459 103 56
Barbados 4 931 1 714 49 17
Sint Maarten 3 641 8 956 49 120
Saint-Martin 3 273 8 783 42 112
St Vincent and the Grenadines 2 331 2 115 12 10
Antigua & Barbuda 1 713 1 784 44 45
Dominica 1 638 2 287 4 5
Saint- Barthelemy 1 520 16 647 2 21
Saint Kitts & Nevis 1 053 2 008 3 5
Grenada 357 320 1 1
Montserrat 29 492 1 16

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