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St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Thursday, announced 31 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number for a single day in recent times.

“Cases include persons who work in environments with low vaccination coverage and those who attended various events known to be high risk for spread,” the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in a statement.

NEMO did not specify the “events”, but the significant rise in cases comes almost two weeks after the May 30 hosting of the finals of the Vincy Premier League cricket competition.

Thousand of persons attended the event and the majority did not wear masks, and those who did wore them incorrectly.

There was also no physical distancing at the event, whose organisers the SVG Cricket Association has remained mum on the development.

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NEMO said that the 31 cases were reported from 221 samples processed on Wednesday, resulting in a positivity rate of 14%.

NEMO also announced 27 new recoveries, bringing the total to 1,889.

Since March 2021, SVG has recorded 2,132 cases of COVID-19.

Twelve people have died of COVID-19 and 231 cases are currently active.

“Persons who persist in incorrect or no mask use, remain unvaccinated and participate in mass gatherings will continue to be at risk for being infected and spreading COVID-19, as is happening now,” NEMO said.

“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.”