Confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to be on the rise in the English-speaking Caribbean islands, with a total of four cases including one death up to press time.
These islands include, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica, which all have nationals who currently reside and frequent the British Virgin Islands.
Guyana reported its first confirmed case of the virus on Wednesday March 11, with their President David Granger making the announcement via a statement.
He said, “the patient has been identified as a 52-year-old Guyanese female who had travelled from the United States of America, which has reported cases of COVID-19.”
“She arrived in the country on 5th March, presented to the public health system on 10th March and was found to have uncontrolled Diabetes and Hypertension. She subsequently died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation at 08:00 hours on 11th March,” President Granger explained.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
St Vincent and the Grenadines also confirmed its first case of the virus on Wednesday.
Their Minister of Health & Wellness, Luke Browne made the announcement at a press briefing, and said results from testing conducted on a Vincentian woman returned positive.
According to Minister Browne, the Vincentian woman had recently returned from the United Kingdom, and voluntarily reported her symptoms to local health officials on March 10. She is currently in voluntary isolation at her place of residence.
Jamaica, in the meantime, confirmed its second case of the virus also on Wednesday, after their Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton made the announcement via a social media post.
Dr Turton said the second person infected is a US Embassy employee who had recently returned from the United Kingdom.
Jamaica’s first case of the virus which was reported a day prior, involved a female national who had also recently returned to the Caribbean island after attending a funeral in the United Kingdom.
Other confirmed cases in the Caribbean
Meanwhile, Cuba has confirmed a total three cases of the virus. According to media reports, four tourists who came from Italy were tested after visiting the colonial town of Trinidad, which is located around 185 miles southeast of Havana.
Three of those tourists were confirmed positive and are being quarantined at a medical institute in Havana.
The other Caribbean countries to report confirmed cases include the Dominican Republic with five, Martinique with four, two in Saint Martin and one in Saint Barthelemy.
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