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Testing for COVID-19 in the Caribbean Region

Testing is one of the most significant tools to slow and reduce the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

It gives an understanding of the crisis and the level of risk in each country which are all vital to implement effective interventions and for residents to exercise caution.

Countries that test widely have a better chance of controlling new cases, notwithstanding other health measures that need to be taken seriously.

The number of positive test results are highly likely to be lower than the number of people infected. No one country truly knows the total number of infections.

In the Caribbean Region, Bermuda has conducted the most testing per capita followed by the Cayman Islands, St. Barthelemy, Aruba, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Guadeloupe in the top 10 countries and territories.

Haiti is significantly testing the least. Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic which has reported the most cases in the Caribbean is in 11th place from the bottom in terms testing. On the other hand, Puerto Rico which has the second highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Caribbean is in the top 5 for samples tested.

For more information, please see the testing chart with the rankings for each country.

Chart: Samples Tested by Population in Caribbean Countries and Territories

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