Guyana ranks number 4 for highest COVID-19 infection and death rate in CARICOM

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Guyana is among the top six CARICOM countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate for both those partially and fully vaccinated. However, this is contrasted with the fact that the country also has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases recorded and the fourth-highest number of deaths in CARICOM.

Based on data gathered from each country’s Health Ministry, St. Kitts and Nevis has the highest vaccination rate for both those partially and fully vaccinated at over 88 percent and over 42 percent respectively. The country with the lowest vaccination rate is Haiti with less than 1 percent recorded for both categories. Guyana ranks among the lowest in the top six for both categories.

Meanwhile, even as countries push for their citizens to protect themselves through vaccination, the CARICOM country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases is Jamaica with over 74,000 recorded. This is followed by Trinidad and Tobago with over 46,000 positive cases.

Suriname (over 31,000) and Guyana (over 27,000) take the next two positions though their populations, unlike Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, are less than a million. Trailing behind in the highest number of COVID-19 cases recorded are Haiti (over 21,000), The Bahamas (over 18,000) and Belize (over 17,000).

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