(The Daily Herald) THE HAGUE–The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been the dominant variant in St. Maarten in the past two weeks with 71.4 percent of the positive tests being attributed to this variant, the Dutch Institute of Public Health and the Environment RIVM stated in its latest report.
According to the RIVM report covering July 15-21, surveillance of COVID-19 showed a low circulation (28.6 percent) of the Alpha variant and a sharp increase in the more contagious Delta variant.
In week 27, 63 persons per 100,000 inhabitants had a positive COVID-19 test result, which is an increase compared to the previous week when it was 42 per 100,000. The incidence in French St. Martin remained relatively high with 144 of 100,000 persons testing positive in week 27. The RIVM reported that a new cluster was detected in St. Martin at a non-specified working place.
No active COVID-19 cases have been registered in Saba since May 2021, while in St. Eustatius no active cases have been reported since January this year, excluding the COVID-19 infections that were found on a vessel from Suriname.