by Jason Harper
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Grenada is in the midst of a COVID-19 surge in cases which has caused the island nation to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita globally.
Grenada has 135 new positive cases and per 100,000 persons, registered as the highest per capita globally.
Health officials confirmed the country’s 15th COVID-19 death on Thursday, a teenaged student and has enforced restricted movement of its citizens.
Statistics from the Ministry of Health show that as of 8 September 2021, the island recorded a total of 1,397 active local cases and 9 imported cases, with 37 people hospitalised.
The impact of Grenada’s escalating situation reached global headlines on Thursday. The Centre for Disease Control raised its travel advisory to Grenada to Level 3, joining neighbours Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and Turks and Caicos. The CDC also lists Jamaica to Level 4 in its advisory measurements, warning American travellers to avoid the island.
Hospital officials recently disclosed that the General Hospital has retrofitted a ward to accommodate more Covid-19 patients because the designated 9-bed isolation unit has become inadequate.
The retrofit included the installation of oxygen lines and placement of ventilators, surveillance cameras, and internet connections.
To date, the total number of Covid-19 cases is 1,748 and from that number, a total of 130 have been declared recovered.