Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache. (iWN file photo)

Vincentian health officials’ “investigation” into some 204 cases of COVID-19 among persons with no recent travel history has identified five clusters, but has been unable to link some of the cases to any of those clusters.

“As we mentioned last week, we had identified five different clusters, including churches and some workplaces,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Simone Keizer-Beache told a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“We still have some places, some persons that we cannot do a direct link to but we are still working,” said Keizer-Beache, who is still in quarantine, though she has been cleared by negative PCR tests after coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient.

The CMO was speaking at a press conference in which epidemiologist Tamara Bobb announced that St. Vincent and the Grenadines recorded 49 new coronavirus cases between Tuesday’s report and the time of the press conference shortly after 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, the country recorded 31 cases, all among persons with no recent travel history.

“We are still doing some investigations in terms of whether these cases are imported or local,” Bobb said.

“The majority of them are local, however, we still have eight cases where we are investigating whether they are imported or linked to a local case.”

Bobb said that with the additional 49 new cases, the country has a total of 333 COVID-19 cases, 227 of which remain active. 

However, by the time the Coronavirus Task Force dashboard was released at 7:30 p.m., a further seven cases had been added, bringing the total to 340.

This means that the country now has 211 cases under investigation, according to the latest statistics.

The taskforce said that 106 patients have recovered from their illness. The country has not recorded any COVID-19 related deaths.

3 replies on “Health officials unable to link COVID cases to clusters”

  1. I hopw Ralph dont make the same mistàke like Boris and Trump regarding covid we need to take drastic measures now, not when the its out of control.

  2. It is inevitable that what is going on in SVG would happen. When they started “mass testing” in Germany and in Texas, and probably many other places, those places listed massive surges in Covid-19 cases. Duh! If they did such testing in SVG it would have the same result. My “tuned-up crystal ball” tells me that (depending on the amount of rotations of the PCR test) we will have THOUSANDS testing positive in SVG. My attitude to this and solution is much different than most people’s but for now the only choice on the menu seems to be “FEAR”!!! In my opinion, our Health Professionals in charge need to educate themselves from those other Health Professionals that know more than they do, and then inform the public in order to calm the fear.

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