St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Wednesday, recorded seven new COVID-19 cases, following the receipt of 77 PCR results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency – CARPHA.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Thursday that the new positive cases, all of whom had previously tested positive on rapid antibody tests, are from 65 tests belonging to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) crew members who arrived in the country on Tuesday on the Vision of the Seas.
The remaining 58 test results received on Wednesday, for the RCCL crewmembers were negative.
There are 292 PCR results still outstanding for the RCCL crew members, NEMO siad.
There are now 11 active cases of COVID -19 in SVG and 14 persons have already recovered.
A total of 25 COVID-19 cases have now been recorded.
“All of the active cases are in isolation. RCCL Crew members who tested positive on rapid, but negative on PCR, will remain in a government approved quarantine facility, until a second PCR is conducted. Crew members who test negative for COVID-19 on both rapid and PCR will be allowed to disembark, to continue strict quarantine in approved private accommodations (their homes or privately rented apartments), when results for all crew members have been received,” NEMO siad.
“The Health Services Sub-Committee will continue to endeavour to first ensure that all individuals are advised of their PCR COVID-19 results before the public is informed,” NEMO said.