Coronavirus Update (May 2020) – Coronavirus in Brazil, Russia, USA And COVID-19 in the Caribbean

Coronavirus Update & NewsThe Coronavirus arose in Wuhan China and has been amidst us from 1 December, 2019 and has grown into a pandemic according to recent news. Pandemic meaning is the worldwide spread of a new disease.

All continents except Antarctica seem to be affected by Coronavirus and panic has officially struck. COVID-19 is considered highly contagious and any effective medicine is yet to be found/known.

As a result, school trips, important events and all travel plans around the world have been cancelled, rescheduled or postponed indefinitely for obvious health and safety concern. With over 3 million cases (over 2 million active) and over 200,000 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.

COVID-19 Update Brazil –

Brazil’s COVID-19 Cases Continue To Increase

As of June 06, 2020, Brazil now has 650,504 total cases and 35,139 deaths and is currently the country with the 2nd highest number of cases behind USA and the 3rd highest death toll after USA and the UK.

Just under a quarter of those fatalities were in São Paulo, considered the national epicenter of the pandemic. Despite this, the governor, João Doria, has announced a gradual loosening of restrictions, even as medical researchers warn infections have not yet peaked in Brazil.

In the city of São Paulo, Brazil’s business capital, shopping centers and some stores began reopening June 01, 2020. Numerous social distancing measures have been implemented and the wearing of masks is currently required. Bars, restaurants, theaters and sports centers still remain closed.

On Thursday (June 04, 2020) over 3 million people were recorded using the city’s public transportation system down from the pre-pandemic average of 10 million commuters per day. The majority of these commuters used the services during rush hour. To prevent the further spread of the virus, hygiene measures have also been intensified with trains being cleaned at each terminal at the end of every cycle. The number of trains has also been reduced depending on the time of day and the demand for the service.

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João Doria, Governor of São Paulo, Brazil  (Source)

Brazil recorded 1,349 deaths in a single day Thursday (June 04, 2020) — only the U.S. and the U.K. have declared more COVID-19 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On May 22, 2020, South America was declared the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, by World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Director Dr. Mike Ryan.

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 Russia: 

Russia to Start Testing Coronavirus Vaccine as COVID-19 Cases Surpass 450,000 

Russia plans to start clinical testing of a coronavirus vaccine on paid volunteers from the general public from next week, Vadim Tarasov, the director of the institute in charge of the study told The Moscow Times on June 04, 2020.

According to Tarasov, there will be 50 participants, and those who complete the full trial will be paid 100,000 rubles ($1,450) for their involvement in the study. Others will receive 20,000 rubles ($288). The potential vaccine was developed by the state-run Gamalei National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.

Russia has the third highest number of infections behind the United States and Brazil. As of June 06, 2020, the number of coronavirus cases in Russia has risen by 8,855 to 458,689, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Saturday.

According to the center, the daily coronavirus growth rate remains at 2%.

There are currently 231,576 active cases in the country.

Another 1,992 coronavirus patients have been identified in Moscow, 758 in the Moscow region, 347 in St. Petersburg, 321 in the Nizhny Novgorod region and 249 in the Sverdlovsk region. There are currently 5,725 deaths recorded.

Even though numbers are still on the rise Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered the lifting of some of Moscow’s coronavirus restrictions starting June 1, 2020. These included:

  • Re-Opening of all non-food shops and some service sector businesses
  • Lifting restrictions on walks outside using a schedule system for apartment buildings and re-opening of all parks except for Zaryadye Park.

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Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin attending a cabinet meeting with Russian Prime Minister in Moscow on March 30, 2020 (Photo Source)

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

Russian News Agency

The Moscow Times

COVID-19 Update: USA

New York Governor Cuomo signs bill giving death benefits to families of frontline workers

On May 30, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that creates a death benefit for the families of state and local government workers who have been on the front lines of the state’s coronavirus response, according to a statement.  Those workers “gave their lives for us,” Cuomo said.

New York has been the state hardest hit by the coronavirus. On Saturday, Governor Cuomo also confirmed 1,376 new cases of the virus. According to the governor’s office, that brings the statewide total to 369,660 confirmed cases.

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New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo

The United States is currently leading the world in COVID-19 with a total of 1,829,273 cases and has now crossed 100,000 deaths with a total of 105,934 deaths.

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 has 581 Confirmed Cases

The number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease in Jamaica has risen to 581 with 6 new cases and 9 deaths total.

Positive case ages range from two to 87 and the vast majority of cases are female.

Jamaican PM Andrew Holness

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness (Source)

The daily curfew from May 26 until May 31 remains from 9 pm to 5 am.

Schools will remained closed until September and borders will remain closed until May 31.

No public gatherings shall exceed 10 persons. This is down from groups of 20 that was previously allowed.

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

Ministry of Health and Wellness

Garda World

Ministry of Tourism

COVID-19 in The Bahamas:

102 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the current total number of coronavirus cases in The Bahamas is 102.

There have been eight (8) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama, eighty (80) confirmed cases in New Providence, one (1) confirmed case in Cat Cay, and thirteen (13) confirmed cases on the island of Bimini.

The latest confirmed case is a thirty-eight (38) year old female of New Providence, with no history of travel. This case is in isolation at home.

The total number of active cases is 43 while the death toll remains at 11.

The Ministry of Health has further reminded individuals who have been advised to remain home in quarantine or isolation that they are expected to stay in their homes until the time of quarantine or isolation has ended.  Persons violating the quarantine protocols could face a twenty thousand dollar ($20,000) fine or up to five (5) years imprisonment

Find their dashboard here.

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:

Phase 3 of Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions To Begin on June 01, 2020 as 1 New Case is Reported

The Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, in his address at the Diplomatic Centre today (May 30, 2020) announced the further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

The country will now enter Phase 3 of lifting restrictions on June 01, 2020 with the following to be allowed:

  • Public servants to resume work on a rotational basis
  • All retail businesses inclusive of malls to reopen until 6pm daily. Reopening guidelines have been provided by the Ministry of Health
  • Resumption of all National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) operations (Play Whe, Lotto etc.)
  • Increase in number of domestic flights between Trinidad and Tobago
  • Outdoor dining at hotels
  • Gathering exception of up to 10 persons congregating at funerals only. All other congregation of persons remains at 5.

Phase 4 is expected to commence on June 08, 2020 and will include resumption of hairdressers, barbershops and domestic workers

Phase 5 is expected to commence on June 22, 2020 and will see reopening of churches and beaches.

Update: Trinidad recorded its first positive case on March 12, 2020 and has since recorded 117 cases with 8 deaths.

One new imported case was reported late today. This is the first new case to be reported in Trinidad and Tobago since April 28, 2020.

In its 10 pm update, the Ministry of Health said the national has been in state quarantine since their arrival in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry said close contacts of the positive patient are also under state quarantine and have been tested in accordance with the relevant protocols.

It said these close contacts are being closely supervised by public health officers.

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

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Communications

COVID-19 in Aruba:

No new COVID-19 Cases Reported in Aruba

As of May 31, 2020 the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Aruba remains at 101 and there are no active positive cases. Total recovered is now 98 while the number of quarantined persons stands at 161. There have been 3 deaths confirmed to date. 6 persons have been tested since yesterday bringing the total to 2134 persons tested to date. There are no inconclusive test results at this time.

From June 1, 2020 Aruba will be entering the 3rd phase of reopening the local economy. As of this date, the following establishments will be allowed to reopen:

  • Lottery sales outlets
  • Restaurants with inside seating (patrons will be allowed until 10 pm)
  • Bakeries and Coffee shops
  • Spas, Massage salons and saunas

All hygiene and social distancing protocols will continue to be obligatory. Casinos and nightclubs will not be allowed to reopen just yet.

A definite date for reopening Aruba’s borders has not yet been announced. The government is still deliberating on certain specifics related to this step.

The mental health helpline 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.

Hotline mental health 281-0909

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

Visit Aruba

Aruba News

Aruba Today

COVID-19 in Barbados:

More COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted as No New Cases Reported 

For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Barbados, there have been no new cases confirmed within a one-week period. The last 2 positive cases were reported on May 23,2020.

As of May 31, 2020 the number of confirmed cases remains at 92. The total number of persons recovered is now 70 with 7 deaths confirmed to date.

Barbados Situation Report as at May 30, 2020

As of June 01, 2020 there will be a further relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions including the reopening of all remaining retail operators subject to the strict compliance with the various protocols that have been established.

Operators who will also be permitted to resume operations from June 01, 2020 include:

  • Photo studios and photographers
  • Real estate agents
  • Car rental companies
  • Animal grooming and handling
  • Trucking and other transport of goods
  • Storage
  • Car Valet services
  • Well Cleaning
  • Recycling businesses

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

Barbados Integrated Government

Barbados Today

Loop News Barbados

COVID-19 in Montserrat:

Montserrat Continues to Reopen

As of 12:00a.m. on Friday May 22, businesses to include restaurants, cook shops, barber shops, and religious establishments will be allowed to operate, but must implement social distancing (6 feet apart) and sanitizing measures.

The initial phase of reopening the Montserrat Public Service will commence on Monday, May 25th, 2020.

The Office of the Deputy Governor announced on Thursday May 21st, 2020, that this is in light of a Cabinet’s decision to ease public health restrictions on May 22nd 2020 based on reports from the Ministry of Health that there are now no active cases of COVID-19 on the island and that transmission risks have been reduced. Therefore, the risk of public officers and others being infected at work has been lowered. But, we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.

Montserrat’s confirmed cases remains at 11, with 10 recoveries and 1 death.

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

The Montserrat Reporter 

664connect

Government of Montserrat Website

COVID-19 in St Kitts and Nevis:

St. Kitts and Nevis Successfully Contains 1st Wave of COVID-19

Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Hazel Laws says that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has successfully contained the first wave of COVID-19.

She said this during her appearance on the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 daily briefing for May 28, 2020.

Dr. Laws said, “We would have announced our last case or our 15th case on April 19th which is approximately 37 days ago, which is almost three incubation periods hence.”

She also highlighted that “Based on the data on the ground, we are not seeing persons presenting at our health centres complaining with respiratory symptoms and we are not seeing persons coming into our emergency room complaining with respiratory symptoms.”

St. Kitts and Nevis COVID-19 Situation Report as at May 29, 2020

St Kitts and Nevis has met the six criteria set by the World Health Organisation guiding whether or not to ease lockdown restrictions. They have no more active COVID-19 cases, with all 15 positive cases recovered, and no related deaths.

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 Reporter

Caribbean 360

SKN Vibes

COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda:

Antigua and Barbuda Reopens International Airport

On June 01, 2020, Antigua and Barbuda became the first Caribbean Community (Caricom) country to reopen its international airport amid stringent health protocols to prevent any reoccurrence of the COVID-19.

The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority said it will be restricting traffic through the terminal to travelers and airport staff and that they will all be subject to the agreed protocols, which include all passengers being required to wear masks during the arrival and departure process.

In addition, all arriving passengers will be asked to complete a health declaration form following which Port Health authorities will administer health and screening checks and that all airport staff who have to interface with the travelling public must wear PPEs as per the standard health protocols.

Last week, the Economic Recovery Committee (ERC), chaired by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, noted that on June 4, American Airlines will fly from Miami to Antigua, arriving at about 11:00 pm (local time).

Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Gaston Browne

Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Gaston Browne

To date there have been 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in Antigua and Barbuda. There is currently 1 patient is in critical condition.

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

COVID-19 in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Reports 4 Additional COVID-19 Deaths
As of May 31, 2020 the Dominican Republic’s Covid-19 death toll rose to 502, after it was confirmed on Sunday that another four people died in the past hours, the number of positive cases goes up to 17, 285.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, of those infected, 1,960 are in hospital isolation and 4,264 in the same condition but at home. Of the total number of confirmed cases, 54.67 % are men.

The provinces with the highest number of infections are Santo Domingo (4,522), National District (4,435), Santiago (1,465) and San Cristobal (116).

The average age of the deceased is 65 years, and they had chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Of the new deaths reported, three are from the province of Azua and one from San Juan.

Minister of Health, Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas provides an update

The President of the Dominican Republic extended the State of Emergency for an additional 12 days.  The curfew will remain in place through June 15th.  The curfew hours remain Monday through Saturday 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Sunday 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Masks are required in all public spaces in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic has put in place a number of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including: 

    • A national curfew that prohibits all traffic and movement of people. 
    • Creation of a national hotline for questions relating to COVID-19 if you have been exposed or are experiencing severe symptoms.  Call *462 for further instructions, but note that English-speaking operators are limited.
    • Cruise arrivals have been suspended at all ports and coasts.
    • On May 20, some public transportation services, including buses, metro trains, and cable cars restarted with social distancing guidelines and reduced schedules.
    • Events and public gatherings of all kinds suspended.
    • Roadblocks have been set up at various points throughout the country prohibiting internal travel in the country. U.S. citizens with urgent travel, including travel to the airport for departure, should be prepared to present supporting documentation to the Dominican authorities at each check point.

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

The Caribbean Public Health Agency 

Centre for Disease Control (CDC) 

Ministry of Public Health

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