Haiti continues to lead Caribbean countries in COVID positive cases

July 31, 2020

PORTAU PRINCE, Haiti, Jul 31, CMC – Haiti has recorded 34 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as several other Caribbean countries also reported significant increases in positive cases over the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Public Health said the new cases brought the total to 7,412 cases since the first case was reported on March 19.

It said two new deaths were also recorded in the West and North Departments, bringing the national total to 161.

Haiti has 2,784 active cases and the health authorities are investigating 18,174 other suspected cases.

Guyana, on the other hand, said that the number of positive cases have passed the 400-mark, with the Ministry of Public Health reporting that as of July 30, there were 401 positive cases.

“Currently, there are 196 active cases in institutional isolation at various facilities across Guyana; 50 persons in institutional quarantine and three patients housed in the COVID-19 ICU. In total 4,641 persons have been tested for the virus with 4,240 yielding negative results,” the ministry said.

In the Bahamas, the authorities said that 24 additional confirmed cases were recorded over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 508.

The authorities said three deaths were confirmed on Thursday bringing the death toll to 14.

Trinidad and Tobago said there were five more cases on Friday.

The Ministry of Health said that there have been 169 positive cases with eight deaths since the start of the pandemic here.

As of Thursday, Jamaica had 824 confirmed cases with 324 imported and 246 were contacts of imported cases, 44 were local transmissions, 14 are under investigation. The authorities reminded that 236 cases came from the Alorica call centre, referred to by the health authorities as a workplace cluster.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness warned that the government would shut down places of amusement, as well as establishments within the entertainment sector and other industries, if a certain level of adherence to the established coronavirus protocols is not maintained.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, said that all the positive cases recorded since June 1 are not local spread but rather people coming into the country or their contacts.

“After about the 25th of May we have not had anymore, either cases related to Alorica or…any locally transmitted cases. We have cases that are under investigation and those may turn out to be local transmission, but so far they still would represent a minority of the cases that we are seeing,” she said.

“Essentially it means that in terms of containing the infection as a country we are doing well,” Dr Bisasor McKenzie said.

“What this speaks to is the importance of quarantine, because these cases have come from outside but they have not been spreading, except outside of the small number of imported cases. This is quarantine — this is the result of people staying at home. All these imported cases have resulted in very little spread because of quarantine.”

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