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USVI Said To Be ‘On The Uptick’ With COVID-19 Cases After 5th Death In Territory

SANTO DOMINGO — While a large number of Caribbean countries seem to have halted the COVID-19 curve, in seven nations yesterday, the number of coronavirus cases continued a steady uptick. Here are the seven:

1: The Dominican Republic’s cases showed no slow down as the country surpassed 10,000 cases yesterday, adding 465 new cases to reach 10,347 confirmed cases. Its death toll reached 388 as it reported three more new deaths.

2: Puerto Rico reported 17 more new cases Sunday to pass the 2,000 mark and reach 2,031 confirmed cases. It’s death toll also increased by 1 to 102.  

3: Cuba added 12 more new cases Sunday to reach 1,766 confirmed cases as its death toll increased by one to 77.

4: Jamaica added another 4 new cases Sunday to reach pass the 500 mark and reach 502, the most for any English-speaking Caribbean nation. The country, however, only has 9 deaths to death and has seen no new deaths in days.

5: French Guiana added another three more cases Sunday to reach 144 confirmed cases. But it only has one death, which has not increased in weeks.

6: Guyana reported another seven cases Sunday as it moved past the 100 mark to 104 confirmed cases. The South American CARICOM nation’s death toll, however, remained at 10.

7: The U.S. Virgin Islands reported two more new cases to move its confirmed cases close to 70, at 69. It’s death toll also jumped to five Sunday as an elderly man who was on a ventilator machine at the Juan F. Luis Hospital died on St. Croix.

The fifth coronavirus death comes five days following Governor Albert Bryan, Jr.’s “Safer at Home” plan, which took effect May 4th and allows non-essential businesses to re-open.

Bryan also said that the government will allow reservations for hotels and other lodging services in the territory to reopen on June 1.

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