COVID-19 in Brazil, India, USA and the Caribbean

Coronavirus Update & NewsThe Coronavirus arose in Wuhan China and has been amidst us since December 01, 2019 and has grown into a far reaching pandemic. Pandemic meaning is the worldwide spread of a new disease.

All continents except Antarctica have been affected by the current Coronavirus. COVID-19 is considered highly contagious and any effective medicine is yet to be found/known.

As a result, schools, businesses were initially closed and important events and all travel plans around the world have been cancelled, rescheduled or postponed for obvious health and safety concern. With almost 59 million cases (almost 17 million active) and over 1 million deaths, it is but natural for health authorities all over the world to be alert and take immediate measures to stop this Coronavirus pandemic, be it building instant hospitals and care facilities or cancelling flights and stopping travel.

As time has progressed, many countries have taken managed measures to reopen their countries amid the rampant spread of the virus. While cases continue to increase countries are trying to cope and adjust to “the new normal”.

COVID-19 Update Brazil –

Brazil’s Total COVID-19 Cases Cross 6 million mark

Brazil’s COVID-19 cases continue to increase as the pandemic continues to spread worldwide. As of November 22, 2020 Brazil has recorded a total of 6,071,401 cases, 169,197 related deaths and 5,432,505 persons have recovered.

The Government of Brazil has maintained a continuous effort to guarantee health care to the population, in partnership with states and municipalities, since the beginning of the pandemic. The goal is to take care of everyone’s health and save lives, in addition to promoting and preventing the health of the population.

Here are some sites to visit for the latest information about the COVID-19 in Brazil:

Ministry of Health

The Brazilian Report

COVID-19 Update India: 

India’s COVID-19 Cases Cross 9 million

As at November 22, 2020, India’s coronavirus cases now stand at an alarming 9,140,312 with 133,773 deaths reported. India is the country with second highest number of cases after the USA.

Previously, on October 06, 2020 the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities.  The document outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at locations to prevent spread of COVID-19 during festivities carded for the period October  to November, 2020.

Visit here for more information about the COVID-19 in India: 

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The Indian Express

COVID-19 Update: USA

USA total  COVID-19 Cases Crosses 12 million

The USA has officially crossed 12 million total COVID-19 cases. It currently has 12,588,661 COVID-19 cases and a total of 262,696 confirmed deaths. With 4,873,425 active cases the USA still ranks as the highest in the world as at November 22, 2020.

On October 05, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidelines on How COVID-19 Spreads. It includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Find the latest information about COVID-19 in the USA here:

US Department of Health 

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention 

The Guardian

Coronavirus Update Caribbean-

Here is an update on how the health ministries of Jamaica, BahamasTrinidad and Tobago, ArubaBarbadosMontserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominican Republic have taken steps to ensure maximum protection from the Coronavirus:

COVID-19 in Jamaica:

Jamaica COVID-19 Cases Cross 10 Thousand

As of November 22, 2020 Jamaica has confirmed a total of 10,284 COVID-19 cases. This is the country with highest number of cases in the English-Speaking Caribbean.  Presently there are 4,541 active cases and a total of 238 persons have died.

Jamaica reopened its borders to international travel on June 15, 2020 with the following provisions for persons who wished to be tested voluntarily.

Passengers are going through temperature checks and a process of sensitization. Both visitors and staff who display temperatures higher than 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit and/or flu-like symptoms will be flagged by airport, hotel, attraction, and transportation staff for secondary health checks in designated spaces, which may be referred for review to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Based on their health status and risk assessment by a public-health officer, Jamaicans seeking to re-enter would still be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Visit here for more information about the COVID-19 in Jamaica:

Ministry of Health and Wellness

Ministry of Tourism

COVID-19 in The Bahamas:

Bahamas COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase

As of November 22, 2020, the Bahamas has recorded a total of 7,413 COVID-19 cases. It is currently the country with the second highest total number of cases in the English-Speaking Caribbean. Presently there are 1,598 active cases and a total of 163 deaths have been recorded.

The Bahamas reopened its international borders on July 1, 2020 to all travelers, including visitors, via commercial airlines, private aviation, and vessels.

However, on July 19, 2020 the Prime Minister of The Bahamas announced a series of measures to mitigate the recent upward trend in COVID-19 cases. The measures included:

    • Suspension of all inbound commercial flights from the United States with passengers, effective July 22, 2020
    • Suspension of all international and domestic travel to and from the Island of Grand Bahama, effective July 22, 2020

The public is reminded to practice the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • wear a face mask when you leave home;
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol;
  • cover your cough or sneeze in your inner elbow or with a tissue; and
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phones, remotes controls, counters, doorknobs, and keyboards.

Visit here for some more information about the COVID-19 in the Bahamas:

Ministry of Health

Bahamas COVID-19 Information Page

US Embassy in the Bahamas

COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago:

Trinidad and Tobago’s Borders Remain Closed as COVID-19 Cases Cross 6000

With the exception of scheduled repatriation flights for nationals, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago’s borders continue to remain closed to international travel. 

As of November 22, 2020, the total number of reported cases now stands at 6,450. There are currently 725 active cases and 115 deaths has been reported.

Persons are encouraged to stay at home as far as possible as the country’s community spread of COVID-19 is continuing to increase. Restrictions which are still in place include:

  • Continued closure of teaching institutions until December 31, 2020. Online learning has been implemented at all levels
  • Continued closure of daycare and other childcare facilities
  • Mandatory use of face mask for persons over the age of 8

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

Find more information about the COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago here: 

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Communications

Loop TT

COVID-19 in Aruba:

Aruba COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase

As of November 22, 2020, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Aruba has increased to 4,731. The actual number of active cases is 90 and 45 deaths have been recorded to date.

As of July 25th 2020 Aruba has added a new testing option which is especially relevant to residents of US states with more restrictions.

Updated Mandatory requirements for travel to Aruba include protocols in place for visitors who test positive are that they will remain in isolation until recovered. The isolation location depends on whether the visitor was booked at a hotel/timeshare or at a villa/private residence. Hotel/timeshare guests who test positive are transported to alternative accommodations for isolation. If staying at a villa/private residence, depending on the facilities there, a guest may also be transported to an alternative location for isolation. Throughout the isolation process, medical follow-up will be conducted. Once the patient recovers and tests negative, he/she can resume vacation or depart the destination. Travel companion(s) of any new confirmed case are required to stay in quarantine – the quarantine period of 14 days restarts each time a new case is discovered within the group.

On July 01, 2020, Aruba reopened its borders to travelers from Europe, Canada and Caribbean nations (with the exception of the Dominican Republic and Haiti). Borders with the USA reopened on July 10th.

The mental health hotline for anyone feeling overwhelmed and going through stress and anxiety can speak directly to a psychologist remains. It is open from 2 pm to 10 pm.

Find more information about the COVID-19 in Aruba here: 

Visit Aruba

Aruba News

COVID-19 in Barbados:

No Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Barbados

As of November 22, 2020 Barbados has reported a total of 259 COVID-19 cases. Presently there are only 11 active cases and the number of related deaths remains at 7.

Barbados welcomed its first commercial flight of visitors on July 12, 2020 since suspension of flights in March.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds had also revealed that several protocols would be put in place before visitors could enter the island.

He explained that visitors outside of the Caribbean would have to take a COVID-19 PCR Antigen test 72-hours before they were scheduled to come to Barbados. That test will have to be accredited by a lab approved by the Ministry of Health.

Passengers from CARICOM will require a test a week prior to departure.

Failure to have a test done before arriving here would mean having a test upon arrival.

Find more information about the COVID-19 in Barbados here: 

Barbados Integrated Government

Barbados Today

Loop News Barbados

COVID-19 in Montserrat:

No New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Montserrat 

As of November 22, 2020 the Ministry of Health and Social Services reported the total number of positive cases remains at 13.

There are presently no active cases and 12 persons have recovered.

Montserrat recorded 1 fatality in April. The island’s first case was confirmed on March 17, 2020.

Here are some useful links to get the latest updates on COVID-19 in Montserrat:

The Montserrat Reporter 

Government of Montserrat Website

COVID-19 in St Kitts and Nevis:

1 New COVID-19 Case Reported in St. Kitts and Nevis

As of November 22, 2020 St. Kitts and Nevis has reported one additional COVID-19 case. The total number of cases now stands at 20 with 1 active case at present.  No COVID-19 related deaths have been reported to date.

St. Kitts & Nevis was the last country in the Americas to confirm a case of the virus and previously among the first to report all cases having recovered with no deaths resulting from it. While it is the smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere, the Federation has one of the highest testing rates among CARICOM nations and in the Eastern Caribbean and uses only the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which is the gold standard of testing.

Here are some useful links to get the latest updates on COVID-19 in St Kitts and Nevis:

Ministry of Health

The St Kitts Nevis Observer

SKN Vibes

COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda:

Antigua and Barbuda COVID-19 Cases Increase By 6

As of November 22, 2020 Antigua and Barbuda has reported a total of 139 COVID-19 cases. Presently there are 7 active cases and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at 4 .

On October 23, 2020, the government of Antigua and Barbuda issued an Updated Travel Advisory outlining protocols for persons wishing to travel to the islands

Here are some useful links to get the latest updates on COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda:

The Antigua Observer

Antigua and Barbuda government information services

US Embassy in Barbados, Eastern Caribbean and OECS COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase as Active Cases Cross 23,000

The Dominican Republic is currently the most affected country in the Caribbean region with a total of 138,410 COVID-19 cases reported. The number of active cases now stands at 23,548 with a total of 2,310 deaths reported.

On August 11, 2020 the Ministry of Public Health presented a new COVID-19 detection system that consists of a breath analyzer that in approximately 20 minutes generates a result with about 95 percent effectiveness.

The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas stated that this new mechanism is of Israeli manufacture where its effectiveness has been verified and that countries such as India, Brazil, the United States evaluate its safety and effectiveness as well as the Dominican Republic.

He explained that they continue to carry out the corresponding studies on the new method, which will cost about 800 pesos per unit, which reduces costs by about 75 percent, but it is up to the new authorities to decide whether to acquire it.

Here are some useful links to get latest updates on coronavirus in the Dominican Republic:

Ministry of Public Health

Additional information on COVID-19 and its impact on the region can be sourced at:

The Caribbean Public Health Agency 

Centre for Disease Control (CDC) 

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