SVG records one new Covid-19 case from Italy, new Covid-19 protocols now in place
St Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday, October 26 recorded a new COVID-19 case with the receipt of a confirmatory result from CARPHA.
“The new case is a traveller who arrived from Italy, travelling through France and Martinique before arriving on Friday, October 23, 2020 with a negative PCR result. The adult tested positive on entry screening and will remain in isolation until cleared with two negative PCR results,” a release from the National Emergency Management Organization said.
All passengers who arrived on American Airlines 945 from Miami on Saturday 24, 2020, tested negative for COVID-19 on arrival. They will all remain in mandatory quarantine for five days in a Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment approved hotel, the release said.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has now recorded a total of 74 COVID-19 cases, 66 of which have recovered. There are now eight active COVID-19 cases, all imported from countries categorized as “High Risk”.
The Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee/Coronavirus Taskforce on Sunday, October 26, 2020 implemented a new protocol for the entry of travelers to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
“This interim phase 5 protocol is effective from October 25 to November 10, 2020. It is aimed at addressing the increased risk of the introduction of new cases of COVID-19 into St Vincent and the Grenadines because of the escalation in new COVID-19 cases in North America, Europe and the Caribbean region. This external escalation of new cases, coupled with the in-country election campaign associated mass gatherings, has the potential to increase the risk of local spread. All travellers must now arrive in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with a negative PCR result. In addition, travellers except those arriving from Barbados (having been there for at least 21 days) must quarantine in an approved hotel for five days.