Five cases of the New York variant of the COVID-19 virus have been found on Dutch side of the island. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are effective in preventing serious illness and death from this variant, two independent studies suggest.
Thirty-eight cases of British variant have been found here. This variant is now dominant in much of Britain and has spread to more than 50 countries and appears to be mutating again. This variant has severely affected Curacao and Aruba.
One case of Indian variant has been found here. This has led to the addition of India and Pakistan to the banned list as of April 20. The Indian variant may be responsible for the resurgence in COVID-19 cases in India and neighboring Pakistan.
Local COVID-19 samples are sent to the Netherlands for COVID-19 genotyping. The samples sent from the past two weeks show that 93% were the British variant, five per cent was the New York one and one per cent was the Indian variant.
Registration for the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine itself are free. Registration is possible via the government website or at community helpdesks.