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St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Sunday, recorded eight new cases of COVID 19, the lowest since Jan. 11, when four new cases of the virus were recorded amidst a spike in local transmission of the virus that emerged on Dec. 28.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said that the new patients are all nationals and were detected during contact tracing.

There are now 605 local cases of COVID-19, the majority of whom are linked to various clusters, NEMO said.

The country has recorded a total of 746 cases of COVID-19, two of whom have died, 147 have recovered and 597 cases remain active.

NEMO said that all positive cases will remain isolated until cleared and all close contacts of positive cases, should contact the flu clinic in their district to arrange testing.

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“These close or primary contacts must remain in their place of quarantine until receipt of their results.”

NEMO further encouraged the public to comply with the mass gatherings protocol which restricts all indoor mass gatherings, including funerals and house parties, to 10 persons, and outdoor mass gatherings which include limes, beach and river picnics, to 20 persons.

“All residents of and visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines are reminded of the importance of consistently wearing facial coverings to protect themselves from being infected with the virus which causes COVID-19.

“Where prolonged very close contact is unavoidable, such as when having a dental procedure or ophthalmological assessment, the provider of the service should wear goggles or a face shield in addition to a face mask,” NEMO said.