On Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus originally discovered in Wuhan, China the previous December was now a pandemic. At that time, there were 118,000 coronavirus cases in 114 countries and territories, and 4,291 people had lost their lives. Today, there are over 167 million confirmed coronavirus cases in over 200 countries and territories, which has sadly resulted in over 3.4 million deaths. Known officially as SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, or 2019-nCoV the majority of cases and deaths have been in the United States, India, and Brazil.
As COVID-19 is highly contagious and new variants are emerging, most countries continue to institute full or partial lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus. There are also new travel requirements for international visitors. Thus, not only is COVID-19 a health crisis, but it is also becoming an economic crisis since tourism makes up a larger percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP) in most Caribbean countries.
Of course, before we can really begin to consider the economic challenges and roadmap for rebounding, the health crisis has to be contained. Thus, I’ve put together the Caribbean Coronavirus Tracker below to help focus the mind and provide insight into what is happening in the region. Note: Not all Caribbean countries are reporting on the number of people tested or recovered, and this is indicated with three question marks (???). Also, recognizing that these government figures are constantly changing, the source of the data is provided for each Caribbean country listed.
Caribbean Covid-19 Cases Statistics:
- 745,867 people in the Caribbean region have tested positive with the COVID-19 virus – this is a mix of locals as well as visitors
- Of the 745,867 confirmed covid cases in the Caribbean, 10,556 have died and 237,851+ are reported as recovered.
- The Dominican Republican is the Caribbean country that has the most covid cases with 282,685 positives and 3,606 deaths.
- Three other Caribbean countries have more than 40,000 cases. This includes Cuba (131,832), Puerto Rico (121,330), and Jamaica (47,959).
- Five Caribbean countries have had zero deaths due to COVID-19. This includes Dominica, Anguilla, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Sint Eustatius, and Saba.
The good news is that with a number of vaccines available, most Caribbean islands/countries have started vaccinating their citizens, and over 6.3+ million doses administered so far!
Caribbean Coronavirus Tracker
Last updated: Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
|Antigua & Barbuda||96,286||13,613||1,257||42||1,192||32,651||source|
|The British Virgin Islands||29,802||5,193||248||1||209||11,019||source|
|Saint Vincent & The Grenadines||110,865||47,661||1,954||12||1,786||16,873||source|
|Saint Kitts & Nevis||53,118||14,435||52||0||45||16,156||source|
|Trinidad & Tobago||1,398,517||165,776||20,017||375||11,480||67,478||source|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||38,603||75,042||2,407||17||2,379||31,598||source|
|United States Virgin Islands||104,458||108,690||3,267||27||3,178||???||source|
|Caribbean Total||45.29 Million||7.76+ Million||745,867||10,556||237,851+||6.3+ Million||source|
|Global Total||7.594 Billion||???||167 Million||3.46 Million||???||1.5 Billion||source|
Beyond the individual government websites and social media pages listed as the source for the data presented above, check out these additional resources for insight on the Caribbean response to COVID-19.
Caribbean Public Health Agency – The regional public health agency for the Caribbean.
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – The regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Caribbean Tourism Organization – The Caribbean’s tourism development agency with 27 country members and dozens of private sector members.
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association – The backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry with membership including, 1,000 hotels and 33 National Hotel Associations.
University of the West Indies -The leading university within the Caribbean region that have set up a COVID-19 Task Force.
Note: Originally published on April 12th, 2020, this Caribbean Coronavirus Tracker post was updated on May 23rd, 2021.