This Caribbean Country Alone Has More Than 200 Cases Of The New Coronavirus

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A woman with her face covered with a makeshift face mask gestures at the colonial area of Santo Domingo on March 22, 2020. The Dominican Republic has so far reported 202 infected people and three deaths due to the new coronavirus. (Photo by ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP via Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. March 23, 2020: The number of new coronavirus cases in the Caribbean continues to increase with one country yesterday reporting over 200 confirmed cases alone.

The Dominican Republic continues to lead the region with the number of COVID-19 cases, jumping from 112 Saturday to 202 last night. The country’s death toll, however, remained at 3.

The addition of 90 new cases in one day and the continued uptick there has led to the Danilo Medina government ordering a nationwide nighttime curfew over the next two weeks in a bid to sharply limit movement and prevent the spread of the new virus.

Public transportation in the Caribbean island nation, including the capital’s subway system, was suspended indefinitely from Saturday, as well as bus services operated by private companies.

The country’s borders are also sealed with commercial flights and ships banned for 25 days. Also closed are schools and entertainment venues.

The closures were originally part of a 15-day state of emergency issued by the president, which was extended to 25 days following approval by the Dominican Congress.

REGIONAL CASES

The spike in new cases in the DR pushed up the region numbers dramatically to now 526 cases as of last night according to a News Americas analysis with 11 deaths to date.

Grenada reported its first case on Sunday as Cuba’s confirmed cases jumped by 14 to 35 last night.

Here’s the count for other countries confirming COVID-19 cases to date:

Guadeloupe – 56 plus one death

Trinidad and Tobago – 50 with one new case reported Sunday

Martinique – 37 plus one death

Puerto Rico – 23 cases with two new cases reported Sunday and one death.

Jamaica – 19 plus one death

Guyana – 18 plus one death

French Guiana – 18

Barbados – 14

Aruba – 9 with 4 news cases reported Sunday

Bermuda – 6 with 4 news cases reported Sunday

USVI – 6

Saint Martin – 5

Suriname – 5

Bahamas – 4

Cayman Islands – 3 plus 1 death

Curacao – 3 plus one death

St. Barths – 3

Haiti – 2

St. Lucia – 2

Antigua & Barbuda – 1

Dominica – 1

St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 1

Montserrat – 1

Sint Maarten – 1

Grenada – 1

DEATHS

The Caribbean now has a total of 11 deaths.

CORONA FREE NATIONS

The only coronavirus free nations in the Caribbean currently are:

Belize – which has closed its borders for 30 days as of yesterday.

The Turks & Caicos

Anguilla

The British Virgin Islands

GLOBALLY

Globally, there are now 336,075 cases of the virus with 14,613 deaths worldwide, including 5,476 in Italy, the most of any nation in the world.

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