As Barbados continue to deal with their growing number of COVID-19 cases, the authorities on Monday (Dec, 4) said there are two possible clusters under investigation.
One surrounds a South African national who came from St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The South African male is the only one to have tested positive from a test case of twelve (12), contact tracing is continuing according to the Barbados Health Ministry.
Chairman of the Cabinet Sub-committee, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, shed some light on the cluster of the person who came from SVG.
“There are some other possible clusters, which are being investigated. I say possible clusters where you have one person who came from St. Vincent and he turned out to be positive. He came with a negative test, and after a few days, when he was repeat tested, he was positive. He had come from a very low-risk country at the time. He went to a number of places in Barbados and a number of contacts were identified; some of them were tested and placed in quarantine. Thus far, I am happy to report there are only 11 test results outstanding as it relates to that investigation, and he remains the only person who is positive”.
As the COVID-19 cases continues to spike in the Caribbean this is not the first time that a person has left St. Vincent and the Grenadines with a negative PCR test results and while in another country tested positive for COVID-19.
Last month (December, 2020), The Health Services Sub-committee of the National Emergency Organization was informally notified by a Grenadian Health Official that a traveler from St. Vincent and the Grenadines tested positive for COVID-19. The female, a 37-year-old Grenadian national, traveled from St. Vincent on Saturday December 12, 2020 with a negative RT-PCR result for a test done on Wednesday December 9, 2020. On Thursday December 17, day 6 of quarantine in Grenada, the individual tested positive.