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St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded a further 16 COVID-19 cases among evacuees in emergency shelters.

The cases were among 18 that the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) reported on Sunday.

The cases follow the detection of five cases at an emergency shelter in Stubbs last week.

NEMO did not say at how many shelters positive cases were detected.

NEMO said that the 18 cases announced on Sunday were reported from 192 samples processed on April 30, resulting in a positivity rate of 9.4%.

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No new COVID-19 cases were recorded from 44 samples processed on Saturday, May 1.

Twelve new recoveries were noted over the reporting period, leaving 140 active cases.

Eleven persons with COVID-19 have died.

Since March 2020, SVG has recorded 1,882 cases of COVID-19 and 1,731 recoveries have been recorded.

“The public is urged to continue to use masks, sanitize, physically distance and get vaccinated to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” NEMO said.