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Latest COVID-19 case could suggest community spread in SVG

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), on Tuesday, recorded another case of COVID-19, which could suggest community spread of the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Chief Medical Officer Simone Keizer-Beache told iWitness News that she was not in a position to say whether the latest patient had recent travel history.

“It is under investigation, so I am unable to say,” Keizer-Beache told iWitness News.

She also said that her ministry does not disclose the sex or age of persons who test positive for the virus.

However, the ministry has disclosed the sex of at least two COVID-19 positive patients in the country.

iWitness News was reliably informed that the latest COVID-19 patient is a businessperson who had displayed symptoms for some days before being tested.

In a press statement, on Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said that the new positive case was confirmed by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), which does testing of samples from SVG.

NEMO said CARPHA has also reported six more negative COVID-19 results.

“One of the negative results provided medical clearance and confirms this country’s third recovered COVID-19 case. There are therefore three recovered COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” NEMO said.

The release continued:

“The new positive COVID-19 case, which remains under investigation, brings the total number of confirmed cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to 13.

“This new case of COVID-19 serves as a reminder about the importance of maintaining the public health measures currently in place, which include hand hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing of at least 3-6 feet in public spaces, and strict adherence to quarantine and isolation. These measures are vital, if we are to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

“The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will continue to keep the public informed as we manage this public health challenge together.”

On Tuesday, global coronavirus cases topped 2.5 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

A total of 171,810 persns have died around the world from COVID-19 and 659,732 have recovered.

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