Health authorities in St Vincent and the Grenadines have announced that the country has registered its first case of coronavirus COVID-19.
The announcement was made by Minister of Health Robert Browne at a news conference tonight.
The minister said the person was a female who had travelled to the United Kingdom.
He said the person experienced flu-like symptoms and tests were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad and Tobago.
The tests were confirmed and the results returned to St Vincent and the Grenadines Wednesday afternoon.
The woman has been placed in isolation. She is said not to be experiencing any major respiratory symptoms and officials believe she has only a mild infection.
She is said to be a young adult between the age of 30 and 35.
She travelled to the UK for a meeting and returned to the UK on March 7. She presented the symptoms, a cough and a fever on March 10.
The news came after Jamaica announced it’s second confirmed case of the virus, which has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
Meanwhile, a 52-year-old woman, who recent travelled from Queens, New York, died in Guyana Wednesday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) and the authorities say that samples are being tested to determine whether this could have been a case of the coronavirus.
Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence confirmed the woman’s death and maintained that Guyana does not have any cases of the virus.