COVID-19 scare at two emergency evacuation centres in SVG

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COVID-19 scare at two emergency evacuation centres in SVG

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in S. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Simone Keizer-Beache, speaking on NBC Radio yesterday said massive testing and contact tracing is taking place at two emergency evacuation centres after five persons who evacuated from the volcano danger zone tested positive for Covid-19.

Two of the persons are in private accommodation, while the other three are in two shelters.

“Two of those persons were actually in the homes of relatives, so that we have exposure within a private home. And the other three persons, one in one shelter, exposing 12 persons in that family and two persons, in another shelter, exposing around eight persons in that shelter, immediately as close contacts.”

Twelve new Covid-19 cases were identified in St Vincent and the Grenadines between April 13 and 14.

The CMO said health officials are conducting contact tracing and extensive testing of the contacts of the persons who tested positive.

She said earlier, they did not find any evidence of Covid-19 in the shelters, but because they were “very concerned”, they continued to test.