AIA | Nov 22, 2020

Anguilla confirms first COVID case since April

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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The Caribbean territory of Anguilla has confirmed its first novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case since April—bringing the island’s tally to four.

According to a Sunday (November 22) statement from the local Ministry of Health and Social Development, the case is imported; involving a 56-year-old American national who arrived the day before.

In accordance with the established requirements for entry into Anguilla, the man had presented a negative PCR test on arrival, however, a follow-up test returned positive.

The health ministry said that the man is asymptomatic and is observing isolation at an approved government facility.

Thanks to its rigorous testing, isolation and contact tracing protocols, the ministry further noted that it has reduced any risk of local transmission to Anguillans.

“The ministry notes that although this is Anguilla’s first case of COVID-19 since April…this is the first active case out of the more than 1,500 persons [that] have entered the country since June. This is a clear indication of the robustness of our protocols.”

As of last Monday, Anguilla has conducted 2,308 tests, only four of which have returned positive. The three previous positive cases also recovered back in April, however, the island currently has some 179 persons quarantining at home. A further two patients are under quarantine at a government facility.

Anguilla confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, March 26. With all prior infections posting a recovery, the island remains one of the fewest places globally without a coronavirus-related death.


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