News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. March 20, 2020: A week ago there was just one death from the dreaded COVID-19 virus in the Caribbean region. A week later, there are 8 as the death toll from the global pandemic reached 10,048 worldwide last night.
The Dominican Republic has reported two deaths from the virus, as the total number of confirmed cases on the island reached 34.
Jamaica reported its first death Wednesday as it’s confirmed there are now 16 cases on the island.
The Cayman Islands, Martinique, Cuba Curacao have also reported their first deaths, adding to the death reported in Guyana last week, the first for the region.
The news comes as the total number of confirmed cases in the region surpassed 200, with Haiti reporting its first two cases Thursday.
Guadeloupe leads the region with 45 cases while the other French Caribbean island of Martinique has 32. The Dominican Republic has reported 34 cases.
Here’s the count for other countries confirming COVID-19 cases to date:
Cuba – 16 plus one death
French Guiana – 15
Trinidad and Tobago – 9
Puerto Rico – 8
Guyana – 5
Aruba – 5
Barbados – 5
Suriname – 4
Curacao – 3 plus one death
Cayman Islands – 3 plus 1 death
St. Barths – 3
Saint Martin – 3
USVI – 3
Bahamas – 3
Bermuda – 2
St. Lucia – 2
Antigua & Barbuda – 1
St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 1
Montserrat – 1
Sint Maarten – 1
CORONA FREE NATIONS
The only coronavirus free nations in the Caribbean currently are:
Turks & Caicos
The British Virgin Islands
Globally, there are now 245,629 cases of the virus with 3,405 deaths reported in Italy alone, the most of any country worldwide.