2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Cayman Islands

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Cayman Islands
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationCayman Islands
Arrival date12 March 2020
(3 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases28
Suspected cases0
Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

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


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]


On 26 February Mexican authorities granted permission for a cruise ship registered in Malta to dock in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, because the ship was carrying a passenger presumed to be infected with the coronavirus. The ship was previously denied access to ports in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.[6] Two cases of flu were found.[7]

On 12 March, the first case was confirmed.[8] The 68-year-old patient died two days later.[9]


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  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. ^ MSC Meraviglia cruise ship to dock in Cozumel, Mexico despite coronavirus fears (in English) El Universal (English), 26 Feb 2020
  7. ^ Mexico: No Coronavirus on MSC Meraviglia The Maritime Executive, 29 Feb 2020
  8. ^ "First case of COVID-19 confirmed in the Cayman Islands". looptt.com. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  9. ^ Moore, Brooke. "Government Statement on Passing of COVID-19 Patient". Retrieved 29 March 2020.