Four new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in St Vincent and the Grenadines today, December 13, bringing the total number of active cases to 17.
Three of these new cases are returning nationals who arrived with negative PCR test results from the UK on November 28, 2020 and tested negative for the virus which causes COVID-19, on entry screening and day 5 testing.
A release from NEMO said the adults tested positive for COVID-19 during their nine to 14-day quarantine period.
The fourth case is also a returning national who arrived on December 7 from Canada with a negative PCR test result. This adult tested negative on entry screening but was positive on Day 5 testing.
“The adult travellers were in mandatory quarantine and will be isolated until cleared by two negative tests. Contact tracing and testing have commenced,” the release said.
Seven new cases were recorded in SVG in the last week, all of which were imported cases; five from the USA and two from Canada.
This country has now recorded a total of 98 COVID-19 cases, 81 of which have recovered.
“The new cases detected during the nine (9) to fourteen (14) day quarantine period reinforce the importance of complying strictly with the rules of quarantine for the entire period by all travelers, their families and friends,” NEMO’s release said.
It also advised that “persons in quarantine should not leave their homes unless authorized, nor should they entertain visitors or attend Nine Mornings festivities. All protocols and advisories including the use of facial coverings must be followed to reduce the risk of the introduction and subsequent spread of new COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.