Caribbean countries continue to record cases from COVID

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Several Caribbean countries continue to register additional cases of the virus that has killed 1.3 million and infected nearly 54 million others worldwide since December last year.

In Suriname, the authorities in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community country said that five people had tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours.

They said the number of active cases is now 37. Exactly eight months after the first positive case, Suriname has a total of 5,268 infections.

Five people were declared cured, bringing the total cured to 5,131. By Friday evening, there were 14 people in the hospital, four patients in the intensive care unit, 19 positives in isolation, and 859 non-positive in quarantine.

A 14-year-old boy is among four new cases of the virus reported in St Lucia over the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health said this brings the total number of cases diagnosed in the country to date to 160 and that all the new cases have been placed in quarantine while awaiting their test results.

It said epidemiological links have been established for three of these cases and that arrangements have been made for the placement of these individuals into care. This brings the total number of active cases currently in the country to 112.

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