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St. Vincent & the Grenadines latest case: Are travelers getting COVID-19 while en route to their destination?

On Wednesday, 11 November 2020, the Ministry of Health in St. Vincent & the Grenadines reported that a passenger who traveled from the British Virgin Islands tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

The passenger was in transit in Dominica and Barbados before arriving to St. Vincent & the Grenadines from the BVI claimed the Ministry of Health in their press release.   It is unclear whether the individual contracted COVID-19 while in transit. 

The traveler is a returning national who presented a negative PCR test result upon arrival in St. Vincent. 

The press release states that the person arrived from the BVI, transiting through Dominica and Barbados and was negative for entry screening for COVID-19. On Friday, November 6, the Ministry of Health was informed by Barbados’ Health Ministry that the traveler was treated and result returned positive while in transit in Barbados.  St. Vincent, subsequently, tested the returning national and the test result was also positive. 

The person is said to be in quarantine from the first positive test was revealed and will remain in isolation until two negative test results are received. 

St. Vincent & the grenadines have a total of 77 cases with 3 active.  Zero deaths have been recorded.  Over 6,341 persons have been PCR tested for the virus in country. This would include returning nationals and visitors in the country with population around 101,000.  

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