St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Monday, registered its 1,000th COVID-19 case, a mere 46 days after registering its 100th case, on Dec. 17.
The country took nine months to reach 100 cases, having detected its first case on March 11 — the same day that the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic.
On Monday, the country confirmed an additional 57 cases from samples collected between Jan. 20 and Feb. 1, bringing the total to 1,008 cases.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said that all of the new cases were detected during contact tracing and testing of persons with flu symptoms.
There are now 859 local cases of COVID-19, many of whom are linked as contacts of known positives, NEMO said.
Two persons with COVID-19 have died and 262 persons have recovered.
There are now 744 active cases in the country.
NEMO said that all positive cases will remain isolated until cleared.
“All close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine, 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, practicing physical distancing and frequent hand washing or sanitization to reduce the likelihood of being infected with the virus which causes COVID-19.”