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Community 17 Aug, 2020 Follow News


Cayman has now surpassed 32,000 COVID-19 tests.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reported on Friday that an additional 256 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it the last batch on Thursday.

Once again all were negative continuing a trend that has been the pattern for the past month in which the number of confirmed cases which have been registered here since the pandemic started remains at 203.

As at Friday, 32,468 tests have been carried out, many of them repeat tests following the system being used by the health authorities here.

Currently there are 199 persons in isolation, either at a government facility or in their homes at the request of the Chief Medical Officer.

This is part of the government’s stringent, preventive coronavirus monitoring.

The latest results come as Cayman has received encouraging news from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in which it has revised the territory’s status on COVID-19 transmissions from ‘Sporadic’ to having ‘No Cases’ reported from testing. On Friday the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified the Cayman Islands‘ COVID-19 risk as very low.

Other UK Overseas Territories in the region with no new COVID-19 cases are Anguilla which has had only three confirmed cases and no deaths and Montserrat; 13 cases and one death.

The territories rated as ‘Sporadic’ by PAHO are: the British Virgin has had 9 confirmed cases and one death and 7 recovered; Bermuda with 159, 145 recovered and 9 deaths; and Turks and Caicos Islands with 224 cases of which only 39 have recovered and two people have died.

The British government on Thursday added Turks and Caicos to a list of countries that travellers to the UK will be forced to quarantine for 14 days from Saturday.

Meanwhile, as COVID-19 testing continues in Cayman, the volume of tests being carried out here is among the top four in the Caribbean.

Cayman’s 32,212 tests to date is next only to the Bahamas with over 44,000, the Dominican Republic with 304,000, Cuba at 309,000 and Puerto Rico which has done over 464,000.

After Cayman on that list, the next country ranked in terms of the number of tests carried out, is Bermuda which had completed 27,460 tests by Wednesday.

That was followed by Guadeloupe with a little over 21,000.

Based on population size, Cayman continues to be ranked in the top five countries globally for testing when the number of cases and deaths are factored in.

There has only been one death in the territory attributed to COVID-19 and no new cases since July 11th with the number of confirmed cases remaining at 203 to date.

Persons are being encouraged to avail themselves of the opportunity to take the free COVID-19 test in their own interest and the interest of the wider public health interest of the community.

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