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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. (iWN file photo)
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. (iWN file photo)
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One or two of the persons who tested negative for COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines may be wishing that they had the deadly virus, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says.

He made the point on Tuesday during the debate on the supplementary budget occasioned by the pandemic, which had significantly affected the global economy and that of SVG.

Gonsalves was giving an update on the nation’s COVID-19 figures. He said that among the persons who tested negative was someone who was assessed to have been most closely in contact with case number two.

“And that person has tested negative, thank God,” Gonsalves said and knocked wood.

“And there was another case where a person was ill. And anytime somebody is ill and having a fever, the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s COVID. Thankfully, again that that person is tested negative,” the prime minister stated.

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He went on to say:

“It may well be that at least three persons who had come to the attention of the hospital authorities and who are in a weak condition and where, out of an abundance of caution, they tested for COVID and they were negative, one or two of them probably may be reflecting and say, ‘Well what I may have, perhaps it is better if I had COVID.’”

There have been 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in SVG, one of which has since recovered. 

3 replies on “Some who tested negative may wish they had COVID-19 — PM”

  1. Vincy in New York says:

    What is it that I am reading here!?

    First, he lowered taxes to boost intraregional travel in the midst of covid-19.

    Second, he encouraged the people of petit martinique and carriacou to come svg to buy food after Grenada lock down its borders.

    Third, he is calling on vincentians to practice social distancing and limit public gatherings yet having a press conference in a room with over 30 people .

    Finally, he is saying that 2 people would wish that its caronavirus they have.

    In this time of crisis, I am calling on the prime minister to show leadership and stop the showmanship. There is a country to govern, so put your leadership skills to the test.

    This too shall pass. And when it’s all over, we will look back and make assessments. One thing for sure is that crises show the true colors of those in power.

    In the meantime, wash hands with soap and water frequently and practice social distancing.

  2. Well, I hope for the best for all of SVG. This PM is full of himself and half […]. I wonder if SVG had a stock market listing what would be happening now. The snake-oil salesman PM (in his element) is only good for selling false hope all day long and zero-sum politics. Serve out your constitutional term PM and when you lose the elections and, you will lose. Leave SVG to the true leaders who can lead the nation to prosperity and competence. Gonsalves, your administration is a dark page in our county’s history. You are not honorable at all.

  3. It will be really great if the number of Covid-19 cases in SVG does not increase, and the 11 active cases recover soon. However, are the rapid testing kits obtained from Venezuela put to use? Are they really reliable in diagnosing whether or not a person has Covid-19? I do believe that SVG has more than 12 cases of Covid-19. We may very well be deceiving ourselves, considering that some persons can be carriers without showing signs or symptoms.

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