Caribbean countries register deaths due to COVID 19

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BROOKLYN, NY– Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Monday reported deaths due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as regional states urged their populations to continue to adhere to the protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the virus that has killed thousands and infected a significant number of others since March last year.

Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre (SLBMC) reported that the latest casualty is a 34-year-old woman who died at the facility after testing positive for the virus.

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time,” said Dr. Albert Duncan, the SLBMC Medical Director.

The hospital said it was reminding people that safety measures such as wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and social distancing “have been scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

It said it encouraged all eligible residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available and encouraged eligible family members and friends to join them in getting the vaccine.

In Guyana, six people, including four men diagnosed with COVID-19, died, taking the death toll from the virus to 647.

The Ministry of Health reported that all the patients died while receiving medical care. The six additional deaths also mean that so far, for September, 22 persons have died.

The ministry said 101 new infections were recorded in 24 hours from 490 tests and that there are 38 patients in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, which can only accommodate 40 patients.

There are also 2 219 patients in home isolation, and 128 are in institutional isolation. To date, 23 579 persons have recovered from the virus.

Jamaica reported 643 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness said the latest data brings total coronavirus infections in the country to 71,987 and the virus death toll to 1,637.

The new cases comprise 396 females and 247 males with ages ranging from three months to 105 years.

Those who died from the virus over the past 24 hours range from 71 to 93 years old.

There are 20,967 active cases after 114 people recovered from the virus. Also, the ministry said 699 people are presently hospitalized due to the virus, with 175 patients moderately ill, 121 severely ill, and 53 in critical condition.

Trinidad and Tobago death toll climbed to 1 336 after six people, including five males, died over the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health said that there were also 110 new positive cases, pushing the overall total to 45 824 with 3 771 actives. There have been 40,717 recoveries.

The number of patients in hospitals stood at 291, with 125 in state-sanctioned quarantine facilities and 3 289 in home isolation.

In Barbados, 68 new COVID-19 cases, including 40 females, were recorded during the last 24 hours from a batch of 1,118 tests conducted on Sunday.

The new positives include 61 persons who are 18 years old and over and seven under the age of 18. There are currently 546 people in isolation.

Barbados has recorded 5,417 confirmed cases of the virus (2,689 females and 2,728 males) since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and there have been 51 deaths. The public health laboratory had carried out 274,208 tests since February last year.

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