Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin: Volume 9: Issue 3, November 2020

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Nov 2020
Except for Barbados, the Caribbean region experienced a new surge of Covid cases in the middle of this summer. Several factors contributed to this unfortunate situation: a rise in imported cases as borders opened, a rise in community transmission as domestic social distancing measures were eased, and elections with in-person voting in three countries: Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.
Governments are adjusting their sanitary precautions and social and economic policy responses to the evolving situation. In addition to these current events, the “pre-existing” conditions in terms of poverty and inequality - along with the pre-crisis institutional situations in the countries - have an effect on how governments can, and should, respond to the current crisis.

This third special edition of the IDB Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin provides an update of health and economic conditions in the region. It also focuses on the policy response from both the comparative and institutional perspectives with the aim of distilling lessons from policy interventions undertaken within the region and elsewhere that have been successful in dampening the current shock, while also providing the basis for stronger future growth.