(BVI NEWS) – Cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have now sky rocketed in the English-speaking Caribbean islands with 35 confirmed cases and two deaths, including one new case in the neighbouring United Stated Virgin Islands (USVI).
This is an increase of 31 cases over the last five days, after it was firstly reported by BVI News that only four cases had existed in the English-speaking Caribbean on Thursday March 12.
Leading the region is Jamaica, who now has a total of 15 cases, after their Health Ministry reported five additional cases on Monday, March 16.
According to a statement by Jamaica’s Health Ministry, two of the new cases are linked to patients who travelled from the United Kingdom, while another included a Jamaica patient with no travel history who had recently hosted visitors from the UK.
Also testing positive was a patient who traveled to Trinidad and Tobago on the same flight as a confirmed case, and an American child who travelled through Miami.
The other two cases were vaguely described as patients from western Jamaica.
The USVI Health Department, I in the meantime, confirmed its second confirmed case of the virus late Monday, only stating that it involved a patient from the St. Thomas-St. John District.
The USVI which is currently under a State of Emergency, is awaiting results from testing of eight other suspected cases classified under “persons under investigation”.
The other islands which all have nationals currently residing in the British Virgin Islands include: Trinidad and Tobago – who recently closed its land and sea borders to non-nationals of the country for 14 days – with five cases; Guyana with seven including one death; Saint Lucia with two reported; and Cayman Islands (one death), Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines all confirming one case each.
Meanwhile, the non-English-speaking Caribbean Islands have also seen a major increase in reported cases which now stands at 62.
Leading the list are the French Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique who have 18 and 15 cases, respectively.
The other islands include: Dominican Republic with 11, Puerto Rico with five, Cuba with four, three in Saint Barthelemy, four in Cuba, two in Aruba, and two in Curacao.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 97 in the Caribbean.