PCR Testing to verify Sailors’ Covid-19 positive rapid test results

By Demion McTair. Posted 7:08 a.m. Updated 4:33 p.m., Sunday May 10, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – “A couple positive” Covid-19 cases have been recorded among sailors who returned to the country yesterday, a well-placed source has told One News SVG.

The source said rapid testing was done on all of the sailors who returned on the Carnival Glory cruise ship which docked at the Kingstown Cruise ship Terminal.

They said, however, that PCR testing will now be done to verify the rapid test results.

Rapid antibody tests have a high validity rate of about 85 percent but PCR testing is the more reliable testing method for Covid-19.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that there have been cases in the past where a person who was tested positive on rapid test was negative on PCR.

One News SVG understands that the majority of the sailors who arrived yesterday (May 9), have gone to their respective homes and guest houses and are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Those who tested positive for Covid-19 have been moved to government facilities, One News SVG understands.

A total of 93 Vincentian sailors arrived just after midday at the cruise ship berth today May 9th, 2020 after being stranded at sea due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency for Public Information posted on its Facebook page yesterday.


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