Quarantine the community where infected Covid-19 patient lives

Kingstown (ON SVG) – Several people on social media have called on the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to quarantine the community in which St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ second Covid-19 patient lives and made contact.

Some of those who are making the calls include media personality Shevrell “Candyman” McMillan who posted on Facebook Thursday, “Dear Ralphie: Conditions are different now! Shut down OTR now and shutdown the country next”.

OTR refers to Over The Rabacca River, the communities on the northeastern side of mainland St. Vincent and “Ralphie” is an alias for the Prime Minister.

The calls come amidst reports that the patient may have made contact with other people in her community in a public setting on more than one occasions.

St. Vincent’s second confirmed Covid-19 case is an imported one, that of a Vincentian female who traveled into the country from the USA on March 25.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment in a release yesterday said the patient started showing symptoms on March 28 and was tested. The results came back from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory and was positive for Covid-19.

The first official case of Covid-19 is a patient who has recovered and given medical clearance. This leaves one active case now in St. Vincent and the Grenadines of Covid-19, based on March 31st test results.

Countries like Jamaica have had to quarantine entire communities to try to contain the spread of Covid-19 from imported cases. Communities such as Bull Bay have been successfully quarantined and then cleared after no spread recorded over a stipulated period of time.

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