As the Covid-19 pandemic continues into 2021, maintaining contact with RCEL’s Member Organisations is more important than ever. As you know, we have increased contact over the last 15 months in order to monitor the impact of Covid-19 on those veterans and widows we support across the Commonwealth. Ensuring welfare grants are delivered to those who need it most remains our priority, despite the many challenges faced.
We would like to thank all our Member Organisations across the Commonwealth for responding so promptly and effectively to the series of surveys we have sent; seven to date. The results have provided valuable data enabling us to closely monitor the varying impact of the pandemic across the globe on our work. This data is shared with those with a vested interest and has been well received and analysed.
The results of the latest survey can be seen below:
- 82% of MO’s completed and returned the survey
- 92% for FCDO funded countries
Of those who returned the latest survey it was found:
- 24% of countries are in lockdown
- There have been 18 reported cases of Covid-19 among beneficiaries. These are in Antigua, Belize, Burma, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, South Africa and Zimbabwe
- Sadly, there have been 9 confirmed Covid related deaths.
- Vaccination has started in all countries. Vaccination rates vary hugely from country to country. In Barbados, Canada, Grenada and St Lucia almost all veterans and widows have been vaccinated. In Belize, Gambia and India very few have been vaccinated. In Dominica, no over 65’s have been vaccinated.
- Borders are open to international visitors in 75% of countries. All require a negative test on arrival.
- The quarantine situation is constantly evolving. Most require 10-14 days quarantine in a hotel or state approved accommodation.
- Four countries have no quarantine requirements or if they do, they are not enforced.
- 30% currently require proof of vaccination on arrival.