COVID rate continues to drop in latest trend report

(CNS): There are approximately 916 active cases of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands as of Thursday morning, but the spread continues to decline, according to Spotlight’s latest weekly public health report. Between June 12 and June 18, 369 cases of the virus were reported, with the daily average falling from 67 the previous week to 53, although it rose on Wednesday this week to 57 cases as the numbers continue to fluctuate.

There were eight people hospitalized on Wednesday who tested positive for COVID. Last week, hospital admissions as a result of the virus continued to decline, as only one new patient was admitted directly linked to the virus, and four more people tested positive after being admitted for other reasons. . Throughout the week, nine patients were treated for COVID-19 while in hospital.

The current COVID-19 regulations expire next Thursday, and it is likely that at its meeting on Tuesday the Cabinet will decide what new regulations will be put in place based on these latest figures. The government is under pressure from the wider community to lift mask mandates, particularly in schools, and the tourism sector is hoping the CIG will lift all restrictions, including pre-travel testing and privacy requirements. of vaccines.

Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan has pushed for all of these restrictions to be lifted, but Travel Cayman is unlikely to be dissolved yet. More than 900 people are currently in isolation following infection and the spread of the virus remains persistent, but fewer people are getting sick from COVID.

In its weekly report, Public Health said the Cayman Islands still had the lowest cumulative death rate among Caribbean UKOTs and among the lowest of any Caribbean country. This could be attributed to high vaccination levels, as epidemiological data suggests it saved the lives of 56 hospitalized people.

“Key indicators have started to improve again and the downward trend in cases seen prior to last week has since continued,” officials said in the report. “Vaccination continues to be the primary tool for protection against COVID.” Nearly 95% of the population aged five and over has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.

See the latest Public Health Spotlight in the CDS Library.

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