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Challenges will delay Caribbean's post-COVID recovery

Monday, August 23, 2021

Significance

Jamaicans are to remain in their homes for three consecutive weekends. Although the economies of the English-speaking Caribbean are witnessing a gradual recovery, there are concerns that it will falter in light of a spike in COVID-19 cases in several and a growing anti-vaccination movement.

Impacts

  • The remainder of the hurricane season may see further infrastructure damage that will set back recovery.
  • Anti-LGBTQ policies will hinder recovery in the key tourism sector and shave several percentage points off regional GDP.
  • Political resistance to vaccination mandates will mount, undermining efforts to control the pandemic.
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