Monday 1 June, 2020

Vincentian students return home from Jamaica

Forty-five Vincentian students who were studying in Jamaica returned home this week and are under quarantine.  

On May 18, a chartered flight from Jamaica brought home 30 Vincentian students.  

Chief Medical Officer Dr Simone Keizer-Beache says in keeping with the existing repatriation protocols, the students were screened on arrival at Argyle International Airport for COVID-19 exposure, using rapid tests.  

Some of them were additionally subjected to COVID-19 PCR testing.  

All tests, both rapid antibody and PCR, were negative for all of the students. 

These students, assessed as low risk, will complete the required 14-day quarantine in private homes and apartments.  

Another batch of students arrived from Jamaica on May 21.   

These fifteen will be subjected to the same repatriation protocols as required by the Health Services Subcommittee.  

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Meanwhile, the CMO says the COVID-19 PCR tests performed on 25 Disney Cruise Lines’ crew members, who returned to St Vincent and the Grenadines on May 21, returned negative.  

They will continue their quarantine in a government-approved facility for the entire 14- day period in keeping with the established quarantine protocols which refer to compliance with the conditions of quarantine, and the precautionary stance of the Health Services Subcommittee.   

At the end of the quarantine period, a determination will be made on whether or not a second PCR COVID-19 test will be conducted on any crew member.  

No new positive COVID-19 cases have been reported since May 19.  

St Vincent and the Grenadines has so far reported 18 COVID-19 cases. The first case was recorded on March 11 and four of these cases remain active.   

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