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Caribbean COVID-19 Update: How does the Caribbean region look based on size of population?

Cases in the Caribbean commenced on 1st March 2019 with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti recording the most cases so far.

The below infographic takes into consideration all 34 Caribbean countries (including CARICOM members) affected by COVID-19. These countries’ population range from 5,900 to 11.4 million.

Caribbean Update COVID-19 Chart – Comparison of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 10,000 population in the Caribbean (including CARICOM members)

The graph takes each country’s confirmed cases and calculates the rate per 10,000 inhabitants. With this measure, Aruba has the most severe rate with 734.56 cases followed by St. Barthélemy with 627.53 cases, Turks and Caicos with 583.99, Puerto Rico with 557.95, Sint Maarten with 498.67 and Saint Martin with 480.62 cases.

Rounding off the top ten countries with number of cases per 10,000 population are Belize, Curaçao, Guadeloupe and the United States Virgin Islands. Notably, Saint Lucia, Antigua andand Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have recently more than tripled their number of cases per 10,000 people in a short period. Puerto Rico is the only country in the Greater Antilles that lead the Caribbean in number of cases per 10,000 people while Aruba leads the Lesser Antilles.

The benchmark of 10,000 population was used due to the size of many of the countries. However, all countries’ population are above 10,000 except for Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Barthélemy.

Despite these measurements, five countries currently have zero active COVID-19 cases: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, Saba, and St. Eustatius. A total of 590,300 cases have been reported in the entire Caribbean as of 24 February 2021 with 7,565 diseased, 414,822 recovered and 167,913 (28%) of cases active.

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