Five persons forming a cluster of local spread of COVID-19 have tested positive for the illness and health officials are investigating the source of the infection.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), on Wednesday, confirmed the cluster, saying that it first came to light on Sunday, Dec. 27.
NEMO said that on Sunday, an adult Vincentian with symptoms typical of COVID-19 contacted the COVID-19 Taskforce.
Testing on Monday confirmed that adult as positive.
“Subsequent contact tracing and testing have revealed 87 contacts and four additional positive cases,” NEMO said.
“Contact tracing and testing continue. All identified positives and their contacts have been isolated and quarantined. The source of infection of this cluster of local spread is still under investigation,” NEMO said.
The local cluster is the second uncovered since the country recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March 11.
Between April and May, five persons in Greiggs who had no recent travel history tested positive for COVID-19.
Health officials traced the source of their infection to an imported case.
The five cases announced on Wednesday are among six that NEMO announced that day.
The other positive case was an adult non-national traveller who arrived from the United Kingdom on Saturday, Dec. 26, with a negative PCR test result and tested positive on arrival screening.
The traveller was in mandatory quarantine at the time of receipt of the result and will be isolated until cleared by two negative tests.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has now recorded 119 COVID-19 cases, 94 of which have recovered.
There are now 25 active COVID-19 cases, in the country.
“The public is once again strongly advised to wear facial coverings when in the public or when unable to maintain sufficient physical distancing. All persons who have been advised to quarantine are urged to comply,” NEMO said.