Tuesday 1 December, 2020

St Vincent imports new COVID-19 cases from UK and Canada

St Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded two new COVID-19 cases.  

There are now three active cases on the island.  

The latest cases arrived on Caribbean Airlines BW200 on October 15.  

One person travelled from the United Kingdom, transiting through Barbados. The other person also transited through Barbados, but from Canada.  

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Both persons arrived with negative SASR-CoV-2 PCR test results.  

They will remain in isolation until cleared by two negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test results. All of the close contacts on the flight to St Vincent are being informed and will continue in quarantine.   

St Vincent and the Grenadines has now recorded a total of 67 COVID-19 cases, 64 of which have recovered.  

The country notes the USA, Canada and Europe are all reporting new spikes in the number of new COVID-19 cases. 

It adds neighboring islands are also reporting disturbing changes in the nature of the spread of COVID-19.  

These increases in the incidence of cases increase the risk of travellers arriving in St Vincent and the Grenadines testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.  

In view of this increased risk, the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee/Coronavirus Taskforce says it will continue to closely monitor these situations and will recommend changes to the existing protocols as necessary.  

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