11 COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent are Royal Caribbean sailors

By Demion McTair. Updated 1:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Vision of the Seas docked at the Kingstown Cruise Ship Terminal. Photo: Khyle Browne.

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Eleven of the twenty-nine COVID-19 positive cases recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are repatriated Vincentian sailors from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL).

Seven of the cases were confirmed on May 28, 2020, after tests were done on repatriated sailors who arrived on May 26 on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas.

The other four (4) cases from repatriated Vincentian Royal Caribbean – Vision of the Seas cruise ship were recorded on May 29, June 7, and June 16.

The eleven (11) RCCL cases amount to 37.9 percent of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The other confirmed cases include eight (8) cases labelled as “Imported cases”, a total of 27.6 percent the total cases; Five (5) cases from a cluster of cases which started out on April 21, seventeen point two (17.2) percent of the cases; Four (4) cases for which no labels were given, thirteen point eight (13.8%) percent of the cases; and one (1) case labelled as related to two others in a household, 3.4 percent.

These make up a total of 29 confirmed cases, or 100 percent of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ confirmed COVID-19 cases.


Here is a breakdown of the cases recorded since the first case on March 11, 2020. All results are from PCR tests done by the Caribbean Public Health Agency – CARPHA lab in Trinidad and Tobago and reported by the Ministry or Health, Wellness and the Environment, and the National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO:

March 11, 2020 – Index case: first confirmed case, which was an imported case.

March 28, 2020 – case number 2 – traveled into the country on March 25 from the USA.

April 2, 2020 – case number 3 which was a Vincentian who traveled into the country from Barbados.

April 3, 2020 – cases 4, 5, 6 and 7 which were “all imported cases from either
Canada or the United States of America all arriving on March 25, 2020″.

April 7, 2020 – case number 8 which was an imported case.

April 9, 2020 – cases 9, 10, 11, and 12 for which the press release provided no information about where the cases came from. The release said “The patients, who have been informed, are all Vincentian nationals and have been in isolation since the samples were taken for testing”.

April 21, 2020 – Case number 13 which was reported to have had no travel history.

April 23, 2020 – case number 14 which was “closely associated” with case number 13

April 26, 2020 – case number 15 which was “closely associated” with case numbers 13 and 14

April 28, 2020 – case number 16 which was “closely associated” with cases number 13, 14, and 15

May 3, 2020 – case number 17 which was “part of the cluster of whose first case was reported on April 21, 2020”.

May 19, 2020 – case number 18 which was “an occupant of a home with two known positive COVID-19 cases”.

May 28, 2020 – cases 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 which arrived on May 26 on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL)- Vision of the Seas ship. These Vincentian sailors had also tested positive on Royal Caribbean’s Rapid Antibody tests.

May 29, 2020 – case number 26 which was a RCCL Vincentian crew worker who arrived on May 26.

June 7, 2020 – case number 27 which was a RCCL Vincentian crew worker who arrived on May 26.

June 16, 2020 – cases numbers 28 and 29 which are Vincentian crew workers who arrived on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) on Monday, June 15.

As of June 16, 2020, there were a total of 29 confirmed COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 VIRUS) cases, 24 of which have since recovered. This leaves 4 active COVID-19 cases in the country.

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