On January 5, 2022, Aruba registered 1162 new cases, of which 116 were nonresidents. The number of active positive cases is 3730, whereas the average daily cases over the past seven days total 740. The positivity rate stands at 63%.
Aruba in the fifth Wave:
In the first wave in March 2021, we reached 69 confirmed cases. The second wave in August 2020 registered 1630 confirmed cases. The third wave occurred at the end of 2020 and caused 700 confirmed cases but lasted longer. The fourth wave happened in July 2021 with 1076 registered cases, and the fifth wave started in December 2021.
In August 2021, COVID-related hospitalizations reached an alarming level. The government imposed a curfew from 10:00 pm - 5:00 am. The hospital reached its full capacity and had no room to treat patients injured in car accidents. Consequently many patients were sent to Colombia for hospitalizations. During the 4th wave, the hospital almost entered into Code Black (where there are not enough beds to treat patients), and drastic measures were needed to ease the surge.
This 5th wave does not require any drastic measures so far, as there are only 21 patients in the hospital of which three are in the ICU and 19 on the general ward.
According to the Prime Minister, the current situation at the hospital is under control. This is the indicator for the authorities whether to impose more or fewer measures.
The Prime Minister emphasized that they are constantly searching for the right balance between healthcare and the economy.