The corona situation in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom has clearly improved compared to April, says outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health, Welfare and Sport) in a letter to parliament.

In April, care in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom was "barely equal" to the large number of admissions of corona patients, according to outgoing State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Public Health).

According to De Jonge, the number of infections and hospital admissions on the Caribbean islands remains stable.

St Eustatius and Saba had zero active COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions on June 16.

A slightly increased number of infections and number of hospital admissions are still visible on Sint Maarten.

The 76 active infections on the island are more than those of Curaçao (35), Aruba (21) and Bonaire (11) combined.

Due to the increased number of infections on the French side of Sint Maarten and the increasing number of infections on the Dutch side, additional measures have been taken on Sint Maarten on the advice of the RIVM.

These remain in effect for the time being.

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Relaxations do not lead to more infections

The measures on the Leeward Islands are gradually being relaxed.

For the time being, this does not lead to a recurrence of the infections.

According to De Jonge, relaxation on the islands can therefore be slowly implemented and the islands receive more tourists.

At the beginning of June, the first cruise ships docked on the ABC islands.

Together with the RIVM, the islands are closely monitoring the consequences of the relaxation and the increase in tourism.

Vaccination campaigns are going well

The vaccination campaigns in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom are progressing well.

In Aruba and Curaçao at least one injection has now been administered to more than 65 percent of the adult population and to 39 percent of the adults on Sint Maarten.

The vaccination rate is also increasing on the BES islands.

On Bonaire, more than 75 percent of adults have been vaccinated at least once and on St. Eustatius the vaccination rate among adults is currently 50 percent.

The campaign on Saba has been completed.

There, more than 90 percent of the adult population has been vaccinated twice.

Also attempts to vaccinate groups that are difficult to reach

At the moment, an approach is used on all other islands that focuses on groups that are more difficult to reach.

For example, vaccination teams on Bonaire go into the neighborhoods and a pop-up location is regularly opened in a neighborhood on Sint Maarten.

The large puncture sites on the islands will now be gradually scaled down.

Smaller locations remain open.

In April, the 46 beds in the intensive care unit of the hospital on Curaçao were completely full.

Dozens of nurses, doctors, GGDs and vaccinators traveled from the Netherlands to Curaçao to assist the care there.

Aruba received additional vaccines from the Netherlands.