(PRESS RELEASE) – St Kitts and Nevis was not named among Caribbean countries that have the capacity to test for the coronavirus – COVID-19.
Director of the Washington-based Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa Ettiene told a Caricom News Conference that PAHO has some concern for countries with weak health systems.
She added that it was important to note that several countries in the region have the capacity to test for COVID-19.
“These include Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas and Haiti, also Martinique, French Guiana, Curacao, Aruba and St Martin and the British territories – Cayman Islands and Bermuda,” she said Sunday afternoon.
“Our work in the region as PAHO is to strengthen member states’ capacity to detect, to contain and to manage cases. We believe there is some capacity in the region that is necessary to ensure maximum capacity in the Caribbean region,” Dr Etienne said.
Dr Etienne said as of Sunday, there were 86,983 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with a total of 2,977 deaths. Sixty countries have reported cases with five new countries reporting cases – Monaco, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Ireland. In the region of the Americas, there are cases in the United States and Canada. Brazil reported two cases, there are six cases in Ecudaor, three cases in the Dominican Republic, four cases in Mexico, two cases in St Martin and one case in St Barths.