St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Monday, recorded its second COVID-19 death.
The deceased is an 80-year-old male who was admitted to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on Friday, with complications of a chronic non-communicable disease, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in a press statement.
“The elderly gentleman tested positive for COVID-19 during the routine screening conducted on all admissions,” the statement added.
“The patient who was managed on the COVID-19 Isolation Ward became unstable and died at 4:30 a.m. today, January 18, 2021.”
The death follows that, on Friday, of a 49-year-old female with multiple pre-existing conditions.
NEMO said then that the woman presented to the hospital services on Thursday evening, Jan. 14, with difficulty breathing.
She was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 on admission, rapidly deteriorated and died at 5 p.m. on Friday.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves extended condolences to the family of the woman, whom he identified as Jestina Pompey.
“I know Jestina. Of course, she’s Spiritual Baptist Archbishop [Melford] Pompey’s sister,” he said on WE FM.
“And I paid my respects to him and the family already by telephoning him. He told me, without any prompting, or anything that Jestina had really serious pre-existing conditions. We don’t need to mention them and the press release did address serious pre-existing conditions. She was a good and gentle soul,” Gonsalves said.
NEMO said, on Monday, that 494 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in SVG as of Sunday.
Of these, 118 persons have recovered, 374 cases remain active and two persons with COVID-19 have died.