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St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Thursday, confirmed 38 new COVID-19 cases.

All of the cases were detected during contact tracing, testing at flu clinics and exit screening.

There are now 724 local cases of COVID-19, the majority of whom are linked to various clusters, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in a press statement.

“Local cases” refers to persons who have no recent travel history, and, therefore, contracted the illness in SVG.

NEMO said that an additional 46 persons have recovered, bringing the total to 220.

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There are now 643 active cases and two persons with COVID-19 have died.

The country has so far confirmed 865 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020.

“All positive cases will remain isolated until cleared. All close contacts of positive cases should contact the flu clinic in their district to arrange testing for clearance,” NEMO said.

“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.”