2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands in March 2020.

2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Turks and Caicos Islands
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationTurks and Caicos Islands
Arrival date23 March 2020
(2 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases5
Recovered0
Deaths
1

BackgroundEdit

On 12 January 2020, 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, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[1][2]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[3][4] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[5][3] From 19 March, Public Health England no longer classified COVID-19 as a "High consequence infectious disease".[4]

TimelineEdit

March 2020Edit

On 23 March, the first case in the Turks and Caicos Islands was confirmed.[6]

On 27 March, The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force issued a mandatory stay at home order and curfew. Violators of the order were subject to fines, imprisonment and confiscation of vehicles.[7]

April 2020Edit

Prevention measuresEdit

All schools have been shut for a month.[8]

The Ministry of Health also enacted section 18 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, making it a criminal offence to spread or disseminate unverified or false information about the virus, whether the direct source of the information or not.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ "CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE". Visit Turks and Caicos Islands.
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/RTCIPF/posts/3002672779796133?__xts__
  8. ^ "Turks and Caicos Islands, all schools to be closed". Loop. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/news/54-ministry-of-health-s-covid-19-update-17