No new positive COVID-19 tests in SVG, Cases remain at 16

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Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne has asserted that no new positive COVID-19 tests have been recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), therefore, the number of confirmed cases stands at 16.

Browne said via Facebook this morning (Thursday Apr. 30) that he did not announce a new case in SVG, contrary to a claim made in a news article.

The Health Minister, responding to a comment made under his Facebook post said, “You would also know that I do not announce new cases.”

COVID-19 test results have been announced by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) since April 20, 2020. Before then, announcements were made by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.

SVG recorded its 16th case on Tuesday (Apr. 28). There are now an even 8 active cases and 8 recoveries.

STATEMENT BY MINISTER BROWNE MADE ON FACEBOOK:

In light of recent article, I would like to make it clear that I did not announce a 17th confirmed case of COVID-19 in SVG last night. I published my daily COVID-19 report clearly showing the number of confirmed cases of that disease in this country as of 6pm yesterday being 16. The report I published on Tuesday which recorded the situation as of 6pm on that day (and which did not take account of the most recent case) stated the number of confirmed cases as being 15.

In addition to publishing the report as a graphic, I provided a summary statement of the changes which took place between my Tuesday report and Wednesday report saying that we had the one additional positive case (which brought the number to 16), the return of 5 new test results (and the sending off of an additional sample for testing) and 14 more persons entering quarantine.