A sailor who returned to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on May 26 and tested negative for COVID-19 then, has since tested positive for the illness.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Sunday that the positive result was among 172 PCR results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), located in Trinidad.
It did not say when the results were received.
The latest case brings to 27 the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in SVG.
The new positive case is a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) crewmember who had had a negative PRC result on arrival in SVG.
“The Vincentian national, who was on mandatory quarantine, will now be isolated for a 14 days,” NEMO said.
NEMO further said:
“Negative results for a COVID-19 PCR test prior to release from quarantine for 132 RCCL crew members were also received, clearing the way for these persons to complete their quarantine on Monday June 8, 2020.”
There are still 226 RCCL crewmembers awaiting a second PCR result in order to be released from quarantine.
“The requirement for a second PCR test before the completion of quarantine is part of the revised repatriation protocol for groups deemed to be of higher risk for being exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 VIRUS,” NEMO said.
The most recent results also revealed that none of the 34 persons repatriated from the United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 3, were positive for COVID-19.
These persons will all continue mandatory quarantine for 14 days in private and public government approved facilities.
Further, there is one new recovery, bringing to 16 the number of persons who have recovered from COVID -19 in SVG.
The 11active cases are all in isolation.
“The Health Services Sub-Committee of the National Emergency Committee urges all Vincentians to remain vigilant and to support all returning nationals in their strict compliance with quarantine and isolation. The public is reminded that persons are placed in quarantine for stipulated periods because of their ongoing risk of being COVID-19 positive, despite having a previous negative COVID-19 result,” NEMO said.