St. Vincent and the Grenadines now has nine active cases of COVID-19 after five new cases were discovered among persons who arrived in the country between Wednesday and Thursday

All five cases are travellers who arrived from the United States and Canada, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in a press statement.

Four of the new cases arrived from the United States with negative PCR results and tested positive on day 4 or 5 tests between Wednesday and Thursday.

The fifth case arrived on Thursday on Air Canada with a negative PCR result and tested positive on arrival. The negative result, with which the passenger arrived, was 6 days old on arrival.

“All of these new cases are in isolation and their contacts are being informed and checked for possible exposure as deemed appropriate. They will all remain in isolation until cleared by two negative PCR test results,” NEMO said.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has now recorded 73 COVID-19 cases, 64 of which have recovered. There are now nine active COVID-19 cases, all imported from countries categorized as “high risk”, NEMO said.

“The Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee/Coronavirus Taskforce again stresses the need for continued strict compliance with all of the protocols currently in place. Together, let’s keep St. Vincent and the Grenadines safe.”