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Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in persons residing in Bequia, on Wednesday, and the 12 other cases confirmed that day are “strongly suggestive of a second wave outbreak” of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Extensive contact tracing is ongoing and it is anticipated that more cases will be detected,” the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said, on Friday.

“The associated quarantine and isolation measures implemented to contain the further spread of COVID-19 in Bequia have required the closure of BRAGSA Bequia, the Local Government Office, Paget Farm Primary School, Bequia Government Primary School, Bequia SDA Secondary School, Bequia Community High School, Lower Bay Primary and some preschools.”

NEMO said that the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is providing additional support to the health care team on Bequia to ensure that the outbreak is quickly contained. 

“The full cooperation of the entire community of Bequia and the remainder of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is critical if this second wave, which is affecting the entire country is to be rapidly and efficiently curtailed.”

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Compliance with all existing protocols including mandatory mask use in public spaces and private spaces to which the public has access, restrictions of indoor mass gatherings to 10 persons and 20 outdoors, no indoor dining and restricted occupancy in public vessels and vehicles is critical, NEMO said.

“The effectiveness and relative safety of available COVID-19 vaccinations to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been proven throughout the world. Residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines aged 18 years and older are strongly encouraged to protect themselves, their families and livelihoods by becoming vaccinated as a matter of urgency. 

“COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are still available at all government health clinics free of charge.

The Health Services Subcommittee of NEMO will continue to work with the public, the Royal St Vincent and The Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), other ministries and civil society to contain  spread of COVID-19 in St Vincent and the Grenadines,”  NEMO said.

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