WILLEMSTAD – The infections may have been at zero for two days, but earlier this month the Brazilian, Colombian and Indian variant of corona were also found in Curaçao.
The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) reports this. The British variant had been around before and was responsible for the outbreak of infections in April.
The first case of the Brazilian variant VOC P.1, the Indian VOI B.1.617.1 and the VOI B.1.621 from Colombia have been detected. The proportion of the British variant VOC B.1.1.7 in Curaçao also remains high (92 percent in week 16), according to the RIVM.
In the week of 4 to 10 May 2021, 170 people on the CAS and BES islands received a positive test result, the RIVM writes. Again, a decrease compared to the week before (235). The number of people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital or ICU has also fallen sharply, as a result of which the pressure on local care capacity appears to have decreased.
Regular care is being scaled up again on the ABC Islands. Six COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in Curaçao since last week, two in Aruba, and one on Bonaire. In total, 117 deaths have been reported in Curaçao, 102 in Aruba, 27 in St. Maarten and 17 of Bonaire since the start of the pandemic.