Cayman among 3 British Overseas Territories in Global Top 10 COVID

According to today’s New York Times (November 24) global list of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, the Cayman Islands continues to rank first in the world for most cases per day , recording a staggering 415 new cases per day per day. 100,000. In 4th place is Anguilla (154 cases per 100,000) and in 5th place is Gibraltar (153 cases per 100,000).

The New York Times list reveals that the countries with the highest infection rates in the world are all either in Europe or in the British Overseas Territories.

According to the report, Cayman has seen an 84% increase in infections over the past two weeks, while Anguilla has seen a 67% increase and Gibraltar has seen a 105% increase.

Cayman’s positive rate recently registered a downward trend compared to previous weeks.

Gibraltar has vaccinated all of its eligible population, while Cayman has vaccinated over 80% and Anguilla has vaccinated 62%.

Over 118% of Gibraltar’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This figure exceeds 100 percent due to the doses received by Spaniards who cross the border to work or visit the territory every day. The entire adult population of Gibraltar has been fully vaccinated since March and masks are still mandatory in shops and on public transport.

Gibraltar is currently distributing booster doses to over 40s, healthcare workers and other “vulnerable groups” and even administers vaccines to children aged 5 to 12.

In Gibraltar, the government recently announced the cancellation of “official Christmas parties, official receptions and similar gatherings” and advised the public to avoid social events and parties for the next four weeks. Outdoor sites are recommended over indoor sites, touching and cuddling is discouraged, and masks are recommended in the midst of a virus wave.

Cayman’s deputy medical officer of health, Dr Eryka Simmons, yesterday released a Public Health Department update on trends seen in COVID-19 data over the previous week. Weekly trend data is reported by “epidemiological week” which runs from Sunday to the following Saturday and is commonly referred to as the epic week or CDC week. This is a standardized method of counting weeks to allow comparison of data.

Dr Simmons said that for the week of November 14-20, there were an average of 153 new cases of COVID-19 per day and a weekly total of 1,068 new cases.

Six of these cases involved travelers.

Overall, 52% of cases were female and 48% male.

The age of positive cases ranged from three months to 94 years, with an average age of 31 years. Six cases were less than a year old. Three hundred and sixty cases were under the age of 18 and 27 over the age of 70; most of the cases concerned the labor market.

Of the week’s new positives, Dr Simmons said, 32 percent were fully vaccinated, two percent had received an injection, and 66 percent were unvaccinated.

Dr Simmons urged residents to continue with their personal prevention measures.

She said,

In the context of widespread community transmission, Public Health advises increased vigilance in prevention strategies. If you are isolated or quarantined, you can still prevent continued transmission if you follow the recommendations. Wear your masks, use hand sanitizer, and practice physical distancing whenever possible.

She also noted that COVID-19 vaccination clinics are continuing at Lions’ Center and Camana Bay sites, as well as district events advertised on HSA and government websites and on social media platforms. .

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