Covid-19 in the Caribbean

Covid-19 in the Caribbean

Situation update, as of 25th March 2021:

One year after the emergence of this pandemic, signs of concern are appearing in some countries and territories that had been relatively spared until then. This is particularly the case of Saint Lucia.  The growing epidemic in St. Lucia is leading to a saturation of hospital structures, particularly the Victoria Hospital in Castries. A strengthened cooperation between Martinique and Saint Lucia has been established to deal with this rising epidemic.  The coronavirus cases have also increased significantly in Cuba and Jamaica over the past month, while in Haiti and French Guiana the increase is less significant and other countries/territories continue to show no (Dominica, St. Kitts) or relatively little loss of life (St. Vincent, Grenada, Montserrat, Antigua).

The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 has started in the French territories, but vaccination remains a concern for many Caribbean countries that had placed their full confidence in the WHO-supported COVAX program. However, the massive purchase of doses of this vaccine by developed countries is delaying their deliveries and vaccination programs. The governments of these countries are looking elsewhere for their vaccines and some have initiated discussions with China, Cuba, and India.

India wants to help the Caribbean by donating tens of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine (Astrazeneca). Several countries, including the Dominican Republic, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Dominica have already benefited from this assistance and thank the government of India for its generosity and solidarity. 

For its part, Cuba, which has chosen sovereignty in developing its own vaccine, entered the final phase of its clinical trials in early March and ensures that it already has the capacity to immunize its entire population by the end of 2021. Havana is even making it an argument for tourists, who could also soon benefit from this vaccine

Countries/Territories Cases
25 January
Cases
25 March
Deaths
25 January
Deaths
25 March
Population
Dominican Republic 203 037 250 579 2 531 3 289 10 630 000
Puerto Rico 150 318 197 041 1 703 2 096 3 193 000
Cuba 21 261 68 986 194 405 11 340 000
Jamaica 15 012 36 670 338 545 2 956 242
French Guiana 15 664 16 922 76 89 283 450
Haïti 11 181 12 732 243 251 11 120 000
Guadeloupe 8 980 11 298 154 165 376 879
Guyana 7 298 9 820 172 220 788 095
Suriname 8 057 9 077 149 177 586 206
Bahamas 8 101 8 935 175 188 392 244
Trinidad & Tobago 7 443 7 903 134 141 1 399 448
Martinique 6 327 7 710 44 49 372 594
Sainte Lucia 810 4 161 11 58 181 889
Barbados 1 387 3 582 9 40 287 730
Sint Maarten 1 753 2 114 27 27 40 654
St Vincent and the Grenadines 738 1 715 2 10 110 210
Saint-Martin 1 146 1 619 12 12 37 264
Antigua & Barbuda 198 1 100 6 28 96 000
Saint- Barthelemy 300 775 1 1 9 131
Grenada 147 154 1 1 111 454
Dominica 113 160 0 0 71 625
Saint Kitts & Nevis 35 44 0 0 52 441
Montserrat 13 20 1 1 5 900

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