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An American Airlines aircraft at Argyle International Airport. (Photo: Discover St. Vincent and The Grenadines/Facebook)
An American Airlines aircraft at Argyle International Airport. (Photo: Discover St. Vincent and The Grenadines/Facebook)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has recorded a second case of COVID-19 from among persons who arrived in the country from the United States on Aug. 1 on American Airlines flight 945.

The new patient had arrived in the country with a negative RT-PCR result.

“The Vincentian national, who is from a high risk occupation, tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 on entry screening and was quarantined for five days in an approved facility. The positive result was recorded on quarantine day 5 screening,” the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in a statement on Monday.

“The national who has no complaints, was placed in isolation in an approved private facility. This is the second traveller on the American Airlines 945 flight of Aug. 1 to test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19,” NEMO further said.

Eight other high risk passengers from the flight will continue in quarantine for a 14 days.

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All of the remaining 93 passengers who arrived on that flight have been cleared.

Further, all 90 passengers who arrived on American Airlines 945 last Saturday, Aug. 8 are in mandatory quarantine.

Passengers who arrived from Toronto on Thursday on Air Canada Flight 980, have been released from mandatory quarantine, having all arrived with negative PCR tests or being found to be negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on entry screening.

NEMO also reported that three COVID-19 cases have recovered as indicated by two negative results of RT-PCR tests.

SVG has now recorded 57 COVID-19 cases, of which 52 have recovered.

There are now five  active COVID-19 cases.

“Travellers from countries with significant COVID-19 community spread and those from occupational groups found to have high levels of COVID-19 are considered high risk passengers and will continue to be subject to increased screening and quarantine requirements. Travellers from countries such as the United States, Brazil and the Dominican Republic, and occupations such as oil rig and health care workers are considered high risk,” NEMO said.

The Health Services Subcommittee will continue to monitor the ever changing course of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will amend the existing protocols as necessary to keep all of St. Vincent and the Grenadines healthy.

2 replies on “Another COVID-19 case from Aug. 1 flight”

  1. Urlan Alexander says:

    This article has made the case why we need to do more local testing. There are a substantial amount of people who are/were quarantined and were not visited or even retested after 5 or even 14 days.

    Many person complained about rhe tardiness of the covid task force. How can we claimed of doing such a great job in managing this covid 19?

    The lack of proper and continuous testing and the lack of follow ups of those quarantined is a nightmare that the government deliberately choosing to ignore because an election is around rhe corner.

    To expose ineptness and incompetence of the management of the pandemic will definitely show up Ralph and luke brown for who they really are…a bunch of novices!

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