CARPHA RAISES ITS COVID-19 ALERT TO VERY HIGH

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The Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA has raised its coronavirus COVID-19 alert to very high, following reports of imported cases in the Caribbean.

In a statement yesterday, CARPHA said it upgraded the risk level of the transmission of COVID-19 in the Caribbean region to very high, based on international assessment guidelines, particularly in keeping with risk assessment for MERS-COV and pandemic influenza.

CARPHA Executive Director, Dr Joy St John stated that the decision is also informed by reports of COVID-19 cases in non-English-speaking Caribbean countries in close proximity to CARPHA Member States.

Another factor is sustained transmission of the disease in countries with direct flights into the Caribbean region.