SVG: Latest COVID-19 case may be a result of local transmission

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday (Apr. 21) recorded its 13th positive COVID-19 case, after the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) reported 6 negative and 1 positive test results.

According to a release issued by the National Emergeny Management Organization (NEMO), one of the negative tests provided medical clearance and confirms this country’s third recovered COVID-19 case. There are therefore three (3) recovered COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment on Wednesday (Apr. 22) morning, reported that this new positive case “may be a result of local transmission connected to an imported case and is under investigation.”

The individual in question has no known travel history.

Speaking via his official Facebook page, Browne said details would be provided as soon as they become available. 

In distinguishing between local and community spread, Dr Keizer Beache notes that according to CARPHA, “Community Spread” refers to instances where several people in a community test positive for COVID-19 without any known contact with an imported case. “Local spread” or a “Secondary case” describes a situation where the person was never abroad, but was exposed to an imported case, so that the source of the infection can be identified.

Minister Browne noted that his Ministry has heightened surveillance for flu-like symptoms throughout the country and is implementing public health measures that can help reduce the risk of new cases.