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Caricom seeks help from US, UK in COVID fight


(Trinidad Guardian) No country in Caricom is close to herd immunity and a recent surge of cases has prompted Caricom to seek assistance from the US and UK on certain areas to deal with the situation.

That was the outcome of an emergency Caricom meeting of leaders.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne attended the virtual meeting which focused on a regional response to the recent surge in infections, hospitalisations and deaths due to the virus across the Caricom Community.

A Caricom statement on the meeting stated leaders expressed deep concern at the increase with “more than 100,000 new cases and 1400 deaths” (sic) between July 2021 and 12 September 2021.

They received an update on the pandemic from the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr Joy St John. This noted that since the outbreak in March 2020, the region has seen more than 300,000 confirmed cases with more than 6,700 deaths.

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