8 New COVID-19 Cases, 605 Local, Total Cases 746

St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday, January 24 confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases, all of whom are nationals detected during contact tracing.

There are now 605 local cases of COVID-19, the majority of whom are linked to various  clusters, a release from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said.

One hundred and forty-seven persons have recovered, 597 cases remain active and two persons with COVID-19 have died.  Seven hundred and forty-six cases of COVID-19 have been reported in St.  Vincent and the Grenadines since March 2020.

“All positive cases will remain  isolated until cleared. All close contacts of positive cases, should contact the flu  clinic in their district to arrange testing. These close or primary contacts must remain  in their place of quarantine until receipt of their results.

“The public is encouraged to comply with the mass gatherings protocol which  restricts all indoor mass gatherings, including funerals and house parties, to 10  persons, and outdoor mass gatherings which include limes, beach and river picnics, to 20 persons.

“All residents of and visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines are reminded of the  importance of consistently wearing facial coverings to protect themselves from  being infected with the virus which causes COVID-19. Where prolonged very close  contact is unavoidable, such as when having a dental procedure or ophthalmological  assessment, the provider of the service should wear goggles or a face shield in  addition to a face mask,” the release from NEMO said.

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