SOURCE: CMC – Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries registered deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and one other Caribbean country announced updated public health measures and entry protocols for fully vaccinated travellers.
The health authorities in Suriname reported three deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of corona deaths in the Dutch-speaking CARICOM country to 207. In addition, there have been 61 new cases of the virus.
The country has a total of 10,489 infections since last March The number of people recovered from the virus is 9,414, including 55 in the past 24 hours. There are 109 people in the hospitals, 26 in the intensive care units and 323 people in isolation who tested positive.
The Ministry of Health on Sunday reported another COVID-19 fatality, taking Guyana’s overall mortality rate to 299.
The latest fatality is a 75-year-old female from Region Three (Essequibo Islands – West Demerara), who died while receiving treatment at a medical facility on May 1, 2021.
A total of 65 persons died in April. Previously, October last year was the deadliest month with 44 deaths.
Meanwhile, Guyana recorded a total of 114 new COVID-19 cases from 460 tests, taking the country’s overall number of confirmed cases to 13,518.
The majority of new infections were recorded in Region Four with 38 new cases, followed by Region Three with 26 new cases.
To date, 11, 383 persons have recovered. There are 1,727 patients in home isolation, 95 patients are in institutional isolation and 14 patients are in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at the Infectious Diseases Hospital and 15 are in institutional quarantine.
In Trinidad and Tobago, three more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported along with 241 new infections according to the Ministry of Health’s latest health bulletin.
It said that the death toll reached 174 as of Sunday. The new cases brought the total number of active positive cases to 2,506.
The ministry said that 87 more patients have recovered from the virus bringing the total to 8,633.
Jamaica is reporting five more deaths from COVID-19, while 51 females and 39 males tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours. There were also 140 recoveries for the period.
The death toll from the virus in Jamaica is now 784 and confirmed cases have increased to 45,867.
According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, 18 of the 90 new cases were recorded in Kingston and St Andrew, 12 were recorded in St Mary and 10 in St Catherine.
The five people who died are all women between the ages 83 and 95 years old.
There are 213 patients hospitalised with COVID-19, with 14 being moderately ill and 22 in critical condition.
The Bahamas government has announced updated public health measures and entry protocols for fully vaccinated travellers.
It said effective immediately, Bahamian citizens and residents who are fully vaccinated – after receiving their second dose – will be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements when travelling between the islands.
International visitors travelling to The Bahamas from other countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempt from testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel.
But the government said vaccinated travellers will still need to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa and will be required to upload proof of vaccination with their application in place of PCR test requirement.
The authorities said that they will not need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to entry, submit to rapid testing mandates or complete the daily health questionnaire during their stay. At this time, the Bahamas government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
The government said that travellers who are not fully vaccinated will be required to follow all existing entry testing requirements including applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, providing proof of negative PCR test taken no more than five days prior to arrival and completing the daily health questionnaire.
They are also required to rapid COVID-19 antigen testing, if they are staying in The Bahamas for longer than four nights and five days.