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The total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines now stands at 83, the confirmation of five new cases among persons who arrived in the country on Nov. 12.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Tuesday that four of the travellers are returning nationals who arrived with negative RT-PCR test results from Canada last week Thursday, Nov. 12, on Air Canada AC980

Two nationals tested positive on preliminary entry screening for COVID-19 and were transferred from their quarantine sites to approved isolation. 

Repeat testing according to the existing multitiered system confirmed them as positive. 

Two other nationals who arrived on Thursday with negative RT-PCR results and tested negative on entry screening, tested positive on day five testing on Monday

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Repeat testing on Wednesday as part of the multitiered system confirmed them as positive. 

Both persons were in mandatory quarantine and will be isolated until cleared by two negative tests. 

The fifth case is a non-national who travelled from the United States via Barbados on Saturday with a negative RT-PCR result. 

The adult who was found to be positive on entry screening and subsequent repeat testing, will remain in isolation until cleared by two negative tests. 

SVG has now recorded 83 COVID-19 cases, 77 of which have recovered. 

There are now six active COVID-19 cases, all imported from countries categorized as “high risk”.