Trinidad and Tobago has declared a state of emergency in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths, Keith Rowley, the prime minister, said on Saturday.
It registered 21 deaths related to Covid-19 on Saturday, a sharp rise from the 11 deaths reported on Friday.
Deaths had not previously risen above 10 in a single day, according to World Health Organization data.
Health officials have blamed a highly infectious Brazilian strain of the virus for the spike in cases, which rose from 207 new cases a week in early April to more than 2,000 last week.
The government also announced an overnight curfew, from 9pm to 5am, with exceptions only for essential services.
Seven hospitals caring are at a critical stage of 73% overall occupancy, principal medical officer Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards said.
According to health ministry data Trinidad and Tobago has 5,214 active infections – a third of the total registered since the pandemic began. It has recorded 265 deaths.