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Aerial view of Atlantis Paradise Island, off the coast of Nassau, The Bahamas. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

Five Caribbean countries put on US high risk category

Aerial view of Atlantis Paradise Island, off the coast of Nassau, The Bahamas. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

Five Caribbean countries, including Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, have been given the highest risk assessment by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An aerial view of New Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: wikicommons)

CDC has raised the assessment of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, as well as Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands from Level Three to Level Four, which is the highest on the risk assessment scale.

As a result, the CDC is urging Americans wishing to travel to these Caribbean countries to avoid doing so and if they have to travel, ensure that they take extra precautions, including testing before departure, wearing of masks, employing social distancing while travelling among other recommendations.

Meanwhile, Jamaica, Monday recorded 59 new cases of the COVID-19 and one death over the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness said that the new cases consist of 25 males and 34 females with ages ranging from one year to 87 years and that the country’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 10,343, of which 4,443 are active.

The authorities said that four of the new cases are contacts of confirmed cases and the other 55 are under investigation.

They said that the new death is that of a 78-year-old female from Westmoreland, bringing the death toll in Jamaica to 239. So far, 13 patients have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s total recoveries to 5,518.