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Malone skeptical about SVG’s new cases reportedly linked to BVI

Health & Social Development Minister Carvin Malone

Authorities in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) are claiming that two COVID-19 cases were recently imported from the BVI. But the territory’s Health Minister Carvin Malone has said he will not comment on the matter until these cases are officially verified.

On Saturday, September 12, SVG authorities issued a press release stating the country’s two latest COVID-19 cases are returning nationals who arrived from the BVI with “negative PCR results” a week earlier on Saturday, September 5.

The press release said these two returning nationals were tested days later and both were confirmed positive for COVID-19.

“These new cases from the BVI emphasise the great importance of strictly enforcing all of the protocols, including the quarantine orders and testing that are designed to protect all Vincentians,” SVG’s press release said.

SVG has produced false reports before so BVI will wait

However, in a Facebook post on September 12, Malone recalled a previous SVG report about imported COVID-19 cases from the BVI, which later turned out to be false.

As such, he said the BVI will wait for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to confirm these new cases in SVG before he issues an official statement on the matter.

“BVI will take the high road, in the interim, until such time as this preliminary report is finalised,” Minister Malone said.

He added that he understands the concerns from many BVI residents who are asking for the government to make an official statement about the claims by SVG.

“An official response is warranted once finalized and so too it will be. Your concerns are taken seriously,” Malone assured.

SVG has recorded 64 COVID-19 cases, 61 of which have recovered. There are now three active COVID-19 cases in that country. Its government said it has gone to great lengths to “avoid the rising levels of disease seen in other Caribbean countries.”

Below is the full response from BVI’s Health Minister below:

“A number of concerned persons have inquired about the Press Release by the Government of SVG as it is the second such “Preliminary Report” issued re: returning SVG residents from the BVI.

The first of such reports, when finalized, was reversed when verified by CARPHA.

BVI will take the high road, in the interim, until such time as this preliminary report is finalized.

An official response is warranted once finalized and so too it will be.
Your concerns are taken seriously

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  1. ReX FeRaL says:

    SVG are known to be deceitful with truthful information. Their policemen even give their criminal nationals clean police records to present to immigration here.

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  2. Dede says:

    I too am but skeptical about these results. It’s a known fact that some of the test are faulty. The give result that are either false positive or false negative which could be the case of the three person who showed up in SVG and later tested positive while possessing papers with showing they tested negative.

    On the other hand, this is the third time this happening and I’m wondering if this a case of faulty results or person showing up with counterfeit documents. We need to see the documents issued by the Health Authority that allowed them to travel. They should properly examine to ensure no forgery took place. I find it fishy that they would leave here with negative results make no stop but as they reach home they test positive. Something ain’t right here. Make that make sense.

    • Tests says:

      They are probably using a different test than the VI, and different tests get different results. Their tests may have a higher false positive rate. Who knows? Minister Malone is taking the correct action here. Let’s wait for CARPHA.

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  3. Bigga says:

    Why doesn’t the government check people before leaving on a flight or destination travels before the leave if they have the virus they would no ahead of time and not to board flights passing it on other people in bound. FACTS

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