St Vincent to invest US$100K to test for coronavirus
St Vincent and the Grenadines wants the ability to test persons for the coronavirus and will invest US$100,000 to procure the required lab equipment.
In a news conference today, March 5, Minister of Health and Wellness, Robert Browne indicated the government is focused on establishing in-country testing, as all tests are currently sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in T&T.
Minister Browne said: “I heard comments that we don’t have the capacity to do testing but we have been doing it through CARPHA with a turnaround time of four hours.”
An isolation facility will also be established in Argyle on a property that has no immediate dwelling places in its surroundings.
There are currently three persons quarantined in St Vincent and the Grenadines, two Vincentian nationals who had returned from Japan and an Italian national who works and resides in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Health Minister said it is not necessary for the general population to wear masks and assured the country’s health system is in an advanced state of preparation should St Vincent and the Grenadines experience a coronavirus case.