Saturday 28 March, 2020

No coronavirus in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Photo: Milton Cato Memorial Hospital staff training session with mobile isolation system. Image from SVG Health Facebook

Photo: Milton Cato Memorial Hospital staff training session with mobile isolation system. Image from SVG Health Facebook

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 or Coronavirus 19 disease in St Vincent and the Grenadines as 17 individuals remain under quarantine.   

The country’s Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment made this clear following a claim made on social media.  

It says on February 7, a Vincentian was the first person to be placed in quarantine for 14 days after returning from China.   

The Ministry says the individual who remains in quarantine has shown no symptoms of being ill and is monitored on a twice-daily basis by health care workers.  

Since then, 16 other persons have been quarantined.  

The Ministry says three Chinese nationals and one Vincentian were quarantined when they returned from China on February 12.  

None of the three travellers has shown signs of COVID-19 however the three along with the other 13 members of their households were quarantined.  

The Ministry notes that on February 14, during a daily health check one member of one household was found to have a low- grade fever.  

Out of an abundance of caution, swabs were taken from the household member and the contact traveller, which were sent to be analysed for COVID-19 at the CARPHA public health laboratory in Port of Spain.  

The laboratory reported that both samples were negative for COVID-19, however, the Health Ministry’s medical laboratory found that the person with the fever had Influenza B, a form of the flu. 

The Ministry says it will continue to monitor all 17 persons under quarantine for the recommended 14 days.  

It further advises that at no time was there any connection between the AIDA Perla cruise ship which docked at Port Kingstown earlier this month and the persons under quarantine. Additionally, it states the passengers and crew of the AIDA Perla did not pose any risk to the population of St Vincent and the Grenadines. 

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