Caribbean countries were on Friday reporting increased cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while reiterating the need for their nationals to follow the various measures and protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the virus that has killed thousands and infected a significant higher number in the Caribbean.
In Barbados, a 25-year-old female, who came in on an American Airlines flight on November 30; and a 56-year-old male visitor, who arrived via Jet Blue on December 1, have tested positive. Both were asymptomatic.
They were the only positive cases identified among the 406 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Laboratory over the past 24 hours. The latest cases have moved the number of confirmed cases to 281 – 145 females and 136 males.
The island has recorded 257 recoveries with 17 others in isolation.
Suriname has banned flights from Haiti and Cuba due to “urgent evaluation of passengers from these countries” and the Health Minister, Amar Ramadhin, told a news conference that the measure will apply for the rest of the month.
“We look at the code in which those countries fall. In that case, specific conditions apply to travel,” he added.
The authorities said that the connection with the Netherlands and Miami (via Georgetown, Guyana) continues normally.