Saturday 15 August, 2020

COVID in Cayman; this is how we rank against the rest of the world

Five hundred and seventy-one COVID-19 tests have been returned in the Cayman Islands since Wednesday (exclusive of Friday's results), with only one positive case, which brings the total number of positive cases to 201 in Cayman, to date. This gradually decreasing rate of positive cases has been the ongoing trend in the Cayman Islands for the past few weeks. With the high testing rate, low positive test rate and rapid recovery of positive cases, Cayman has established itself as a world leader in the management of coronavirus.

Here is how we rank:

Testing rate

Cayman has now tested 24,321 people. With an estimated population size of 65,722 (according to Worldometer live population statistics) 37 per cent of the population of the Cayman Islands has been tested. Cayman has a higher testing rate than some of the top testing countries in the world and currently ranks in third place for testing in the world and is the top tester in the Americas. The country with the highest testing rate in the world is Monaco, followed by Gibraltar. The countries that are next in the ranking, just after the Cayman Islands are the United Arab Emirates, the Falkland Islands and Bahrain.

Positive test rate

The positive test rate in the Cayman Islands currently stands at 0.82 per cent. This is the 31st lowest positive test rate in the world and the 2nd lowest positive test rate in the Caribbean and puts Cayman on par with Belgium, Canada, Finland and Germany. In the Caribbean, the country with the lowest positive test rate is Grenada, at 0.4 per cent. Anguilla (1.1 per cent), St. Lucia (1.1 per cent) and Barbados (1.2 per cent) are in 3rd, 4th and 5th positions, respectively in the region.

Recovery rate

The number of active cases in Cayman stands at 7, none of which are symptomatic. 97 per cent of Cayman's cases have recovered. In the Caribbean, there are a number of countries in which 100 per cent of the cases have recovered. These include Barbados, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten. In Bermuda, 99 per cent of the cases have recovered.

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