COVID-19 Update – June 30

Dear Colleagues,

On Tuesdays and Fridays, we feature COVID-19 updates.

Today’s Links of Interest:

  • Caribbean Economic Forum: Beyond COVID with four Central Bank Governors (YouTube)

Your feedback is much appreciated. Please continue.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

News Update – June 25

Hi Everyone,

Did you send in your entry for our Conference Theme Competition? We had dozens of responses which the team is reviewing to pick a winner. Watch our Thursday Blog for more news on our completely reimagined Annual Conference!

There’s one thing that’s probably holding everyone’s attention this week:

The Guardian: ‘Godzilla dust cloud’ from Sahara blankets Caribbean on its way to US

NOAA: Saharan Dust Blows Across the Atlantic

It’s reported that this is the worst this phenomenon has been in 50 years and it is particularly harmful to those with compromised respiratory systems.

The IAA has published their Annual Report which can be downloaded here (pdf)

There’s also news that the International Accounting Standards Board has decided on a new effective date for IFRS 17

You might want to have another look at our March Newsletter and our 2019 Annual Report.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Best regards,

Shubhash & Betty

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – June 7

Dear Colleagues,

The only changes between yesterday and today are the World info, Tables One and Two. The Stringency Table and Table Three, weekly updates, are the same.

Join incoming IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh  on Thursday, 18th June 09:30 – 11:00 (BST) for his address on “Uncertainty, Culture and Imagination”.

On 23rd June at 8:00am EDT, the IAA will be hosting a webinar “Climate Change, Insurance and Vulnerable Populations”. We urge our members to attend if possible.

Weekend reading:

Weekly update of the Stringency Index:

Covid-19: Stringency Index                                                    

As atMar 31stApr 30thMay 29thJune 4th
Aruba82824242
Barbados73898181
Belize55719191
Bermuda52967272
Cuba6783100100
Dominica31857070
Dominican Republic90978484
Guyana57919191
Haiti76838383
Jamaica75878778
Suriname71827278
Trinidad and Tobago80918787
Brazil75778181
Canada73737171
France91916666
Germany73735353
Norway76655555
Panama76829090
Puerto Rico94978686
South Africa88888484
United Kingdom76766765
United States73737373
Venezuela82828585
Source: ourworldindata.org

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – June 6

Dear Colleagues,

We have left the Stringency table and Table 3 – weekly updates.

Join incoming IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh  on Thursday, 18th June 09:30 – 11:00 (BST) for his address on “Uncertainty, Culture and Imagination”.

Weekly update of the Stringency Index:

Covid-19: Stringency Index                                                    

As atMar 31stApr 30thMay 29thJune 4th
Aruba82824242
Barbados73898181
Belize55719191
Bermuda52967272
Cuba6783100100
Dominica31857070
Dominican Republic90978484
Guyana57919191
Haiti76838383
Jamaica75878778
Suriname71827278
Trinidad and Tobago80918787
Brazil75778181
Canada73737171
France91916666
Germany73735353
Norway76655555
Panama76829090
Puerto Rico94978686
South Africa88888484
United Kingdom76766765
United States73737373
Venezuela82828585
Source: ourworldindata.org

Weekend reading:

Remember to check the links on our website Resources page and on Facebook and don’t forget to get your ACTUVIEW code from our Secretariat!

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – June 5

Dear Colleagues,

On a different note, we share the following response from our Board of Directors on behalf of the Caribbean Actuarial Association to our IABA colleagues posted on social media.

“The Caribbean Actuarial Association affirms its support for the International Association of Black Actuaries and the words from its President below.  Let us all continue to work together towards diversity, inclusion and respect.”

Weekly update of the Stringency Index:

Covid-19: Stringency Index

As atMar 31stApr 30thMay 29thJune 4th
Aruba82824242
Barbados73898181
Belize55719191
Bermuda52967272
Cuba6783100100
Dominica31857070
Dominican Republic90978484
Guyana57919191
Haiti76838383
Jamaica75878778
Suriname71827278
Trinidad and Tobago80918787
Brazil75778181
Canada73737171
France91916666
Germany73735353
Norway76655555
Panama76829090
Puerto Rico94978686
South Africa88888484
United Kingdom76766765
United States73737373
Venezuela82828585

Source: ourworldindata.org

Remember to check the links on our website Resources page and on Facebook.

Don’t forget to get your ACTUVIEW code from our Secretariat!

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – June 4

Dear Colleagues,

Mental Health has been a topic of interest globally in recent times. Isolation and social distancing have negative impact on one’s mental health. There is historically a lot of stigma attached. The President of the IFOA shares his story, link below. I encourage everyone to read it.

Please explore the following:

Keep the feedback coming! We are especially interested in articles or links which might be particularly relevant to the Caribbean or your area of expertise.

Remember to check the links on our website Resources page and on Facebook.

Don’t forget to get your ACTUVIEW code from our Secretariat!

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – June 3

Dear Colleagues,

Please contact the Secretariat for your code to access a wealth of discussion papers, presentations, webinars, etc. available on ACTUVIEW!

Thanks to everyone who has provided regional updates. Here are some of them over the past several days:

  1. Carib News: Caribbean leaders to participate in OACPS inter-sessional summit  
  2. T&T Guardian: Back to business in T&T
  3. The Gleaner: PM announces revised COVID measures
  4. Nassau Guardian: Widespread testing not as necessary in The Bahamas
  5. Nassau Guardian: Restrictions relaxed
  6. The Gleaner: Antigua and Barbuda reopens international airport
  7. The Gleaner: Haiti records more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19
  8. Caribbean National Weekly: Caribbean Island States Need Differentiated Treatment Due To COVID-19
  9. Barbados Government Information Service: Barbados quarantine protocols for Hurricane Season
  10. Atlantic Council: Hurricane season, COVID-19 pose twin threats to vulnerable Caribbean islands
  11. Government of Suriname: President Bouterse kondigt verscherpte COVID-19 maatregelen aan
  12. Star Nieuws: 16 nieuwe Covid-19 besmettingen

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – June 1

Dear Colleagues,

We include a note from our President, Kyle Rudden:

“Morning CAA Colleagues – hope you are all keeping safe.

Sat in on the IAA COVID 19 modelling webcast this morning.  Most of the issues relate to countries where you have a lot of deaths (and good data).  But if you have an interest in COVID modelling, you can take a look at the recording. 

In the meantime, I think you would find the graph on p.11 of the hazard ratio analysis (UK deaths) very interesting. “

MedRxiv is a free online archive for complete but unpublished, not yet peer reviewed, manuscripts in medical, clinical, and related fields. Paper: OpenSAFELY: factors associated with COVID-19-related hospital death in the linked electronic health records of 17 million adult NHS patients. (pdf)

Links of Interest:

Science X:

Scientists develop method to help epidemiologists map spread of COVID-19

Solution to century-old math problem could predict transmission of infectious diseases

Thanks for visiting our website and Facebook page.

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – May 31

Dear Colleagues,

The tables have been updated. The Stringency Index is the same one shown yesterday.

Covid-19: Government Response Stringency Index, May 29, 2020 (from Our World in Data Stringency Index) The following has been extracted as two parts, for some Caribbean countries as well as other countries of interest:

Covid-19: Stringency Index
As atMar 31stApr 30thMay 29th
Aruba828245
Barbados738981
Belize557191
Bermuda529672
Cuba6783100
Dominica318570
Dominican Republic909797
Guyana579180
Jamaica758787
Suriname718274
Trinidad and Tobago809187
Brazil757770
Canada737371
France919177
Germany737350
Panama768279
Puerto Rico949790
South Africa888884
United Kingdom767667
United States737373
Venezuela828285

See Friday’s post for your weekend reading.

Thanks everyone for your attention to and interaction with this Blog!

Shubhash Gosine


The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update – May 30

Dear Colleagues,

Covid-19: Government Response Stringency Index, May 29, 2020 (from Our World in Data Stringency Index)

I have extracted the following, shown as two parts, for some Caribbean countries as well as other countries of interest:

Covid-19: Stringency Index

As atMar 31stApr 30thMay 29th
Aruba828245
Barbados738981
Belize557191
Bermuda529672
Cuba6783100
Dominica318570
Dominican Republic909797
Guyana579180
Jamaica758787
Suriname718274
Trinidad and Tobago809187
Brazil757770
Canada737371
France919177
Germany737350
Panama768279
Puerto Rico949790
South Africa888884
United Kingdom767667
United States737373
Venezuela828285

See yesterday’s post for your weekend reading.

Thanks everyone for your attention to and interaction with this Blog!

Shubhash Gosine

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.