Tuesday 29 September, 2020

New COVID-19 cases land in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Six residents who returned to St Vincent and the Grenadines over the weekend have tested positive for COVID-19.  

This was confirmed last night (July 12) following results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). 

The new positive cases are returning residents who arrived in the country on the American Airlines 945 flight on July 11 with 155 passengers.  

There was much fanfare over the weekend as this was the first commercial flight to touch down at the Argyle International Airport in months since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.  


(Video credit: Argyle International Airport/Facebook)

These new positive cases will now commence a 14 day isolation period.  

In addition, 69 other passengers who were in close contact on board the flight with the new positive cases, will be required to quarantine for two weeks.  

The other 149 passengers who arrived on the flight had negative results either having brought these results with them or receiving negative results for COVID-19 PCR tests, done on arrival in St Vincent and the Grenadines.  

Some passengers, regardless of PCR result test have been assessed as being high risk for COVID-19 and will continue in mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days.  

A second COVID-19 PCR test may be conducted on all contacts and other high-risk passengers during the five to seven-day period following arrival.   

The island’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 35 with these six active cases.  

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