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.
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.