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A “temporary isolation unit” was erected in the parking lot near the Accident and Emergency Department of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital around 3:30 p.m. Monday amidst reports of a “suspected case” of COVID-19 case.
The A&E Department remained closed following an announcement by the Ministry of Health send via email at 1:30 p.m.
“As a result, persons seeking emergency care should attend the Kingstown District Clinic until further notice,” the ministry said in a terse statement.
“Visiting hours at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for this afternoon have also been suspended until further notice. This is anticipated to be a temporary measure,” the statement continued.
The ministry gave no reason for the developments.
However, a source within the hospital told iWitness News around 1 p.m. that a woman had visited the emergency room presenting with what was said to be symptoms of the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19, one case of which has been confirmed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.