Four Dutch Caribbean territories were added to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Level 3” advisory, which warns Americans to avoid all non-essential travel. St. Eustatius, Saba, Curacao and Bonaire join Aruba and St. Maarten, which were already on the list of places where CDC says the risk of COVID-19 is high. Within the last 14 days, new cases of coronavirus increased in the territories.
Since the beginning of the pandemic Bonaire has registered 97 confirmed infections, Curacao 366, St. Eustatius 13 and Saba five. The United Kingdom (UK) also removed Curacao from its safe travel corridor after seeing the recent COVID-19 surge on the island.
Canada has not done so to date, choosing instead to slap “avoid non-essential travel” advisories on the Dominican Republic (DR) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on Monday. This news comes as the DR added another 280 new infections Monday, to reach 111,666 confirmed cases, while its related death tally increased by three to 2,098. The BVI has so far reported 71 cases and one death. As of Monday, the number of new cases across the Caribbean was over 600, according to a News Americas tally, while 10 deaths were added.
The Daily Herald.