MoH confirms COVID-19 Community Spread in SVG; Public health actions to be enforced

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The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Grenadines has confirmed Community Spread of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
This was announced by Health Minister St. Clair Prince during a press briefing on Friday (Feb. 5).
1,021 local COVID-19 cases have been recorded. Many of the cases are clustered in families and small social groups including patrons of gambling sheds and rum shops.
SVG has recorded a total of 1,170 COVID-19 cases. 790 cases remain active.
Roger Duncan, Medical Officer of Health, informed the nation of some reviewed public health actions.
He noted that the actions “include, but are not limited to”:
  • The wearing of masks in all public vehicles will be made mandatory.
  • All public vehicles may only transport a maximum of half their permitted number of passengers. (A 20 seater van will be allowed to transport 10 persons, inclusive of the driver and conductor).
  • No establishment/restaurant dining-in. Takeaway services will be made available for indoor restaurants.
  • Enforcement of mass gathering protocol with particular emphasis on bars, gambling sheds and rum shops.
  • Mandatory masks in all public establishments and private establishments to which the public has access.

Duncan informed that these measures will be in place for four weeks in the first instance and will be reviewed subsequently”

“We really hope the entire nation takes into consideration what we have just shared with you. Take into consideration your own personal family and community risk and do all you possibly could on your part to mitigate these risks,” Duncan.