SVGs 14th Covid Case Was First Identified By Rapid Test

By Demion McTair Updated 7:39 p.m., Thursday, 23 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded its 14th Covid-19 positive case.

Reliable sources have informed One News SVG that the individual (who is now the 14th case) was tested on April 21 in St. Vincent using one of the rapid tests this country received from Venezuela.

The antibody test showed positive results for Covid-19 but samples were taken and sent for PCR testing, which is more accurate, at the Caribbean Public Health Agency – CARPHA lab in Trinidad and Tobago.

A release from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) today (April 23) said that today’s case “is closely associated with the one which was reported on Tuesday April 21 by the Caribbean Public Health Agency”.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simome Keizer-Beache said investigation of these cases are continuing and have been productive so far.

According to the release, Beache said it is too early to issue a definitive statement on the source of infections.

There are now nine (9) active Covid-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as five (5) persons have recovered.

Health, Wellness and the Environment Minister, Senator Luke Browne said at a press conference today (April 23) that this countries Covid-19 patients have experienced mild to moderate symptoms.

1 comment

  1. PCR test first, then antibody tests secondly. Are these trials ? Is one test cheaper than the other ? Or perhaps do them in parallel?!!???


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