SVG Records 19 New Covid-19 Cases

( – St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Saturday confirmed 19 new COVID-19  cases of which 18 are nationals without a recent travel history, a release from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said.

One of the new cases is a national who arrived from the USA on December  10, 2020 with a negative PCR test and tested negative on both entry and day 5  quarantine testing. The adult however tested positive on exit screening on January  5, 2021.

“All of the 18 other new cases are nationals without a recent travel  history. The total number of cases under investigation is now 99. There  are five distinct clusters and several cases which have not been linked. Contact  tracing, further linking and testing related to all of these local cases are ongoing,” the release dated January 9, 2021 said.

SVG has now recorded 225 cases of COVID-19. One hundred and six persons have recovered and 119 remain active. All positive cases will continue to be  isolated until cleared by two negative tests.

The release said due to the extensive testing being conducted as part of contact tracing and the  screening of persons with flu-like symptoms, there is currently a back log of  approximately 400 COVID-19 tests awaiting analysis.