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

Coronavirus Update & NewsThe Coronavirus arose in Wuhan China and has been amidst us since December 01, 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 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 have been closed and important events and all travel plans around the world have been cancelled, rescheduled or postponed for obvious health and safety concern. With over 14 million cases (over 5 million active) and almost 600,000 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 Reopens Borders as COVI-19 Cases Cross 2.5 million 

Brazil’s cases has officially crossed the 2.5 million mark with 2,555,518 total cases and 90,188 deaths recorded as at July 30, 2020. It is currently the country with the 2nd highest number of cases behind USA.

The positive numbers include two government ministers Citizenship Minister, Onyx Lorenzoni  and Education Minister, Milton Ribeiro who recently tested positive. Earlier this month Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and two other top government officials, national security adviser Augusto Heleno and the minister of mines and energy, Bento Albuquerque, also tested positive for COVID-19.

In spite of these figures, on July 29, 2020, Brazil reopened international air travel to foreign tourists, which had been banned since March. Tourists from all countries can travel to Brazil as long as they have health insurance for the duration of their trip.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (Photo Source)

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: 

Government Issues Guidelines for Phase 3 of Unlock

On July 29, 2020, the government issued guidelines for Phase 3 of Unlock. These include reopening of gyms and yoga centers effective August 05, 2020 and the revoking of the night curfew order.

Operation of metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theaters, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places shall continue to remain prohibited. Schools and colleges too shall remain closed until August 31, 2020. Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations are not allowed.

Restrictions on international air travel and rail travel as existing earlier shall continue.

As at July 30, 2020, India’s coronavirus cases stand at 1,588,129 with 35,036 deaths reported. India is the country with third highest number of cases after the USA and Brazil.

COVID-19: India's Remarkable Story of Ramping-Up and Becoming Self ...

Health workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits collect swab samples from people at a COVID-19 testing center in New Delhi (Photo Source: TWC India)

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 Crosses 150,000 Deaths as COVID-19 Cases Continue To Surge in Multiple States

The USA has crossed the threshold of 150,000 confirmed deaths from Covid-19. The USA death toll is the highest in the world by a significant margin and reached 153,848 as at July 30, 2020.

More than 4.5 million people have been infected with Covid-19 in the US. Outbreaks have spread across several states including Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. Meanwhile, New York City, which was at one point the epicentre of the outbreak has brought the virus under significantly more control.

The surge of infections followed a rush to reopen for business in many states, without accompanying mandates or official recommendations to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

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COVID-19 Cases in the USA as at July 01, 2020 (Photo Source)

As of July 30, 2020 the USA has reported 4,568,375 confirmed cases and 153,848 deaths, with 2,245,521 people recovered from the virus.

The United States is still currently leading the world in COVID-19 with the highest number of cases.

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 Total COVID-19 Cases Now 856

According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (as at July 28, 2020)

In the last 24 hours, 10 more patients have recovered and have been released from isolation. This increase brings the cumulative number of recoveries to 724 (84.8% recovery rate). In the meantime, two new cases have been confirmed, bringing the island’s record of total confirmed cases to 855. (Updated figure as at July 30, 2020 is 856)

The newly confirmed cases consist of two females aged 16 and 56 years with addresses in St. Mary and St. Ann respectively.  One case is imported and the other is currently under investigation.

There are now 75 (8.8%) active cases under observation, including two moderately ill patients. There are no critically ill cases at this time, while 46 (5.4%) cases were repatriated to their countries of origin

Under quarantine orders at home are some 19,985 persons of interest, while five remain quarantined at government facilities. The parish health departments are currently following 403 close contacts of confirmed cases.

Jamaica’s total cases consist of 319 imported cases; 246 that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; and 10 are under investigation.

Some 484 (57%) of the confirmed cases are females and 371 (43%) are males, with ages ranging from 2 months to 87 years.

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Jamaica COVID-19 Dashboard as at July 28, 2020 (Source)

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:

37 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported

According to a media release on July 29, 2020 by the Bahamas Ministry of Health, there are currently thirty-seven (37) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to four hundred eighty-four (484). There are two hundred forty-three (243) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama, one hundred eighty-five (185) confirmed cases in New Providence, twenty-one (21) confirmed cases in Bimini, nine (9) confirmed cases in Moore’s Island, nine (9) confirmed cases in Great Guana Cay, six (6) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, four (4) confirmed cases in Cat Cay, three (3) confirmed cases in Cat Island, three (3) confirmed cases in Exuma, and one confirmed case in Abaco.

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Bahamas COVID-19 Dashboard as at July 29, 2020 (Photo Source)

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 COVID-19 Cases Now Stand at 164

On July 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. the Ministry of Health issued the following COVID-19 update:

Seven (7) additional persons have tested positive.

  • Three(3) are imported cases – nationals who recently returned from Canada
  • Four (4) are primary contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients.

The country’s case load now stands at 164, with 130 persons discharged and 8 deaths.

Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 Tracker as at July 30, 2020 (Source)

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’s Active Cases Drop to 12 as Further Restrictions Implemented for Travelers

The number of active positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases is now 12 (4 residents and 8 visitors) as 2 residents and 1 visitor have recovered. The total positive cases to date has increased to 120 (108 residents and 12 visitors) as 1 more resident has tested positive. The total recovered is 105 (101 residents and 4 visitors). The number of persons tested, including visitors, has increased by 43 since yesterday to a total of 7026 of which 4142 were persons tested at the airport. There have been 3 COVID-19 related deaths (all residents) confirmed in Aruba.

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. No date has been set for visitors from Latin America.

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

COVID-19 in Barbados:

Barbados COVID-19 Cases Remain at 110

On July 30, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Wellness reported one more person was discharged from the Harrison Point, St. Lucy, isolation facility today, reducing the numbers in isolation to seven, and increasing recoveries to 96.

There were no positive results for COVID-19 among the 110 tests carried out by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory yesterday.

The number of confirmed cases therefore remain at 110, comprising 61 females and 49 males. Seven people have succumbed to the viral illness.
The public health laboratory has completed 10,881 tests.

Barbados’ first two COVID-19 cases were recorded on March 16, 2020.

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Barbados Situation Report as at July 30, 2020 (Photo Source)

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:

Montserrat Reports One New COVID-19 Case

On July 30, 2020 the Ministry of Health and Social Services reported one new COVID-19 case. This bring the total number of positive cases to 13. The status of the confirmed case is unknown at present.

There are presently 2 active cases and 9 persons have recovered.

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

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Montserrat COVID-19 Status Report as at July 29, 2020 (Photo Source)

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:

St. Kitts and Nevis Reports 16 out 17 COVID-19 Cases Have Recovered

On July 29, 2020, during the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Press Briefing, the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws stated that 16 of the 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases in St. Kitts and Nevis have now recovered.

Dr. Laws indicated that the one active case “continues to do well and is stable, recovering nicely.”

To date, the federation has tested over 1,006 persons, said Dr. Laws.

“To date we have tested all those persons who were suspected of having COVID-19 along with their contacts,” she said.

At present there are 50 persons quarantined at government designated facilities and one person is in isolation.

St. Kitts and Nevis COVID-19 Situation Report as at July 29, 2020 (Photo Source)

St. Kitts & Nevis was the last country in the Americas to confirm a case of the virus and 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.

The last 2 cases were reported on July 04 and 09, 2020. Previously, no new cases were reported since April 20, 2020. They now have a total of 17 COVID-19 cases with 1 currently active 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 Observer

SKN Vibes

COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda:

State of Emergency in Antigua and Barbuda Extended to October as 5 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

On July 30, 2020, the government of Antigua declared a national state of emergency for the third consecutive time since March 2020.  It has now been extended to October 31, 2020.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment reported five additional laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda in the dashboard issued on July 29th.

Of the five positive cases, four of them are imported while one is non-imported.

One of the cases is that of an Antiguan national who had been in Barbados for six months and returned to Antigua. This individual was placed in quarantine upon arrival and has since been placed in isolation following the positive result.

The other three imported cases are people with a recent travel history while the single non-imported case is the contact of someone who previously tested positive. These four individuals are also now in isolation following their positive result.

Antigua and Barbuda COVID-19 Dashboard as at July 30, 2020 (Source)

To date there have been 91 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in Antigua and Barbuda. There are currently 21 active cases.

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 Reports 1,733 New Cases of COVID-19

On July 30, 2020, the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas reported that there are 67,915 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (1,733 new), 1,146 deceased (23 new), 35,302 people have recovered and 187,441 suspected cases have been discarded.

He added that, to date, 255,356 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) samples (4,932 in this bulletin) have been processed.

Of the confirmed cases, some 26,476 people are in home isolation, 4,991 in hospital isolation and 284 people are in intensive care units (ICU).

Minister of Health, Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas provides an update (Photo Source)

Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas reiterated the importance of complying with the recommendations of the Ministry of Public Health:

• Minimum physical distance of two meters between two people.

• Use of masks in workplaces and public spaces.

• Frequent hand sanitization with soap and water.

• Stay as long as possible inside homes.

• Care and isolation in the home of people with mild signs and symptoms.

• Seek care in health centers if you have fever, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of smell, malaise, cough and respiratory distress.

Likewise, to supermarkets, banks and other spaces that offer direct services to users, he recommended:

• Maintain the organization of the flow and distribution of people, respecting the distance of at least one meter between them and characteristics of groups with risks of complications.

The Dominican Republic is currently the most affected country in the Caribbean region with 66,182 cases , 1,123 total deaths, 31,112 active cases and 33,947 recovered.

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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