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Grenada says more than 150 persons tested for COVID-19 following scare

Grenada health authorities say more than 150 people who had been in contact with three Trinidad and Tobago nationals that had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) have all returned negative results.

The Trinidadians were among 76 nationals who had been repatriated to their homeland last week after being in Grenada for more than three months.

But in a statement, the Ministry of Health said that it has been informed by its Trinidadian counterpart that the three Trinidad nationals, who initially tested positive for COVID-19, have now tested negative.

The statement said that the Trinidadian authorities also confirmed that the three individuals were tested twice since the first test was conducted on Friday July 17 “and both tests returned negative results.

“The individuals are no longer being held in quarantine in Trinidad and Tobago. The Ministry of Health Grenada welcomes this development and confirms that its contact tracing efforts since the initial announcement by Trinidad and Tobago, have returned only negative test results”.

The statement said that in the last few days, the Contact Tracing Team has tested 154 persons in Grenada, who were in direct or indirect contact with the three repatriated Trinidadians, and all have since tested negative on both PCR and IGG/IGM.

“The Ministry of Health continues to emphasise the importance of observing the safety protocols, such as wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and good hygiene. The Ministry of Health will continue to spearhead the fight against COVID-19, and we plead with all citizens to remain highly vigilant, as we are still in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement added.

Grenada has recorded 23 confirmed cases of the virus that was first detected in China last December and linked to 617,000 deaths and infecting 15 million others worldwide.

CMC

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