Coronavirus SVG: Local Clusters identified at Churches, Workplaces and Holiday parties

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Two-hundred and fifty-five (255) local cases of COVID-19 haven been confirmed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), as of Thursday January 14, 2020. These cases are currently under investigation.

SVG has recorded a total of three hundred and eighty-eight (388) cases of the virus since the first case was detected here on March 11, 2020. One hundred and seven (107) persons have recovered and two hundred and eighty- one (281) cases remain active.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, at a press conference on Wednesday (Jan. 13) informed that five (5) clusters had been identified.

In an update on Thursday (Jan. 14), a release issued by the Health Services Subcommittee noted that ten (10) local clusters have now been identified. Four (4) associated with churches, four (4) with work sites and two (2) with holiday parties have been identified.

The names or locations of the institutions have not been provided.

The Health Services Subcommittee has informed that contact tracing, testing, quarantining and isolation continue, and are aimed at containing this COVID-19 outbreak in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. However, contact tracing is being hampered by the unwillingness of some persons to provide accurate information.