The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has renewed an appeal to citizens to get vaccinated now against COVID-19, following the detection of a variant of concern, (VOC) – B.1.617.2 – Delta variant, last week by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
Acting Prime Minister, Montgomery Daniel, said in a statement Friday that the variant of concern was detected in one sample collected during entry screening at the Argyle International Airport from a fully vaccinated traveller.
Daniel disclosed that the traveller had arrived from England with a negative PCR result on July 21, 2021.
He said that the Molecular Lab Unit of the Ministry of Health reported on July 22 that the individual had tested positive.
The Vincentian government official said the adult traveller then transitioned from 48 hour hotel quarantine to private isolation.
“Routine contact tracing detected two other COVID-19 positive cases associated with this traveller. These positive contacts are also travellers to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Two of these three persons have since tested negative for COVID-19. They all however remain in strict isolation,” he noted.
Daniel said that in view of the detection of ‘this highly contagious variant of the COVID-19 causing virus’ in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is asking the public to increase their compliance with the basic public health measures of correct mask use, physical distancing and hand sanitising.
“The Ministry once again urges all eligible members of the Vincentian public to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus now,” he said.
The delta variant currently accounts for 93% of new COVID-19 cases in the USA and the associated illness and deaths.