COVID-19 pandemic in Montserrat

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COVID-19 pandemic in Montserrat
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Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Montserrat
Arrival date18 March 2020
(1 year, 7 months, 3 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases21 [1]
Active cases1
Recovered19
Deaths
1
Government website
COVID-19 page at gov.ms

The COVID-19 pandemic in Montserrat is part of the ongoing global viral pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was confirmed to have reached the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat on 17 March 2020. [2] The first death occurred on 24 April 2020. [3] By 15 May, all patients had recovered. [4] On 10 July, a new case was discovered. [5] On 7 August, there were no more active cases. [1]

Contents

Background

On 12 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, who had initially come to the attention of the WHO on 31 December 2019. [6] [7]

Unlike SARS of 2003, the case fatality ratio for COVID-19 [8] [9] has been much lower, but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll. [10] [8]

The island had a population of 4,649 people in 2018. [11] Testing for COVID-19 was being performed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency. [12] until 13 May when the island received their own testing machine. [13] There is one small hospital (Glendon Hospital) which has no ICU capacity. Specialised health care has to be performed on Antigua or Guadeloupe. [14]

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Montserrat  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAug
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
2020-03-18
1(n.a.)
1(=)
2020-03-23
2(+100%)
2(=)
2020-03-26
5(+150%)
5(=)
2020-04-03
6 [lower-alpha 1] (+20%)
6(=)
2020-04-07
9(+50%)
9(=)
2020-04-12
11(+22%)
11(=)
2020-04-17
11(=)
11(=)
2020-04-24
11(=)
11(=)
2020-04-29
11(=)
2020-04-30
11(=)
2020-05-01
11(=)
11(=)
2020-05-08
11(=)
11(=)
2020-05-15
11(=)
11(=)
2020-07-10
12(+9.1%)
12(=)
2020-08-07
13(+8.3%)
Data sourced from gov.ms

March 2020

On 18 March, the first case in Montserrat was confirmed. The patient had travelled from London to Antigua before arriving in Montserrat. On the 13 March the authorities had notified that a COVID-19 patient had been discovered on that flight and subsequently all passengers were quarantined and tested. [2] [16]

On 23 March, the second case was confirmed. The patient had no travel history and was the first case of community spread. [17]

On 26 March, three more cases were confirmed to be positive bringing the total to five cases of COVID-19 on the island of Montserrat. [18]

April 2020

On 7 April, the number of cases had increased to eight. [12]

On 24 April, the first death related to COVID-19 on Montserrat, that of a 92-year female, was sadly announced. [3]

On 25 April, Montserrat had been without new infections for its second week. [19]

May 2020

On 6 May, Premier Joseph E. Farrell announced that the testing machines for COVID-19 will arrive shortly and that island will soon be able to test. [20]

On 12 May, a business impact assessment was released. COVID-19 caused US$3.6 million in economic disruption. [21]

On 15 May, it was reported that there are no more active cases on Montserrat. [4]

July 2020

On 10 July, a new case had been discovered. The person had been on the island since March. Contact tracing is under way. [5]

August 2020

On 7 August, the last two cases recovered, and the island once again has no more active cases. [1]

February 2021

The island began its vaccination campaign on 8 February 2021; by 11 May, 1321 people in Montserrat (28.4%) had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 976 (21.0%) had received their second dose. [22]

Preventive measures

Statistics

Chronology of the number of active cases

[lower-alpha 2]

See also

Notes

  1. There was one more positive: a visitor who has left the island. [15]
  2. On 8 May it was reported that the number of active cases is 1, even though the numbers seems to suggest 2. [35]

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