May 18, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
The Cuban authorities have been making great strides in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past 24 hours there has been no deaths in Cuba from the virus.
Studies have shown that of the 20 Caribbean Islands there has been only 84 deaths. This is regarded as being relatively low when compared with rich developed countries. Canada for example has over 4, 400 deaths. Montreal, Quebec alone has over 2,000 deaths.
Emphasis has been placed on early lockdown and aggressive contact tracing. Will Brant, a noted journalist has reported that despite the economic position of these developing states when compared to their more developed counterparts deaths have been very low. Deaths he further added are “a very low figure of 84 when compared with death figures which are much higher. “There has been house to house visits by two member teams dressed in white.”
Of twenty (20) nations surveyed in the Caribbean the death toll is only 84. The leadership of Jamaica and Barbados to name a few have been very proactive and have had very low death tolls. Barbados is 7 and Jamaica 9 at press time.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper