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COVID-19 Delta Variant Infections and Hospitalisations on the Rise in the Eastern Caribbean

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In the Eastern Caribbean, there is a rise in COVID-19 cases due to the circulation of the Delta variant.

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean countries in a press release reported that there is an increase in cases and hospitalization related to Delta in the island chain.

“Cases are also on the rise in the Caribbean where Cuba Martinique and the British Virgin Islands are continuing to see an increase in new cases… This underscores the fact that until we effectively contain [the] transmission, infections can surge quickly. So masks, social distancing and other public health measures remain crucial. Unfortunately, this week we also mark another grim pandemic milestone, over two million people in the Americas have died from COVID-19 complications,” said Dr. Carissa Etienne Director of PAHO during a press briefing on COVID-19 on August 4.

In June and July 2021, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts and Nevis, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Grenada, Dominica, Monserrat including Barbados have shown a steady increase and surge.

According to the Pan American Health Organization Delta has been found present in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Martinique, St Martin, Guadeloupe, Aruba and Puerto Rico.

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