The Caribbean has recorded its third death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-10) as an elderly woman died from the virus in Martinique yesterday.
Cases on the island, with a population of under 400 thousand, increased to 15, up from 10 the previous day, amid the spread of the pandemic.
Reports are that the individual was an 80-year-old woman who had been in contact with a relative who was on a cruise just days earlier.
The deceased reportedly displayed symptoms of the coronavirus which led to her hospitalisation.
Relatives of the woman have been confined to their home.
Previously, the region has two deaths from Guyana and the Cayman Islands respectively.
Globally, cases have passed 169,000 and deaths exceed 6,600 as health authorities scramble to contain the spread.
Overnight, Jamaica recorded an additional five preliminary positive tests including a child. The country’s prime minister declared the nation a “disaster area” on Friday, March 13 which gave the government additional powers to respond to the virus, including imposing quarantines on two communities which had 30 people being observed for infection.
Also over the weekend, Suriname closed its international airport after confirming its first coronavirus case Friday. Flights still allowed to operate in the country will either be accommodating the arrivals of residents only or the departure of non-Surinamese nationals.
Regional airline, LIAT announced travel restrictions across its markets in response to the spread of the virus. While not specifying the measures, LIAT they were based on advisories from regional governments. It further said affected passengers will be allowed to make changes and cancellations with waived fees for passengers travelling between March 12 and June 30.