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Anxiety among Police over “suspected” COVID-19 case

There is a great deal of anxiety among a section of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) as a man who was held in custody over the weekend tested positive for coronavirus on a Rapid Test that was done on him on Tuesday.

A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY that the suspect who is from the St. George area was picked up over the weekend by police and held at a cell at Central Police Station on the Carenage to await an appearance in court on Tuesday.

He said the suspect was taken to court and complained of not feeling well as he was being troubled by what appeared to be a cold.

According to the source, a decision was taken to conduct a Rapid Test on the individual and it came up with a positive result for Covid-19.

He said that the more precise and reliable PCR test was conducted a few hours later on the individual and the result is still pending.

The source indicated that the suspect was taken to the government-controlled quarantine facility at St. George’s University (SGU) to be held in isolation.

There are reports that the individual is due to appear before a St. George’s Magistrate’s Court on Thursday in connection with a family feud.

THE NEW TODAY was told that RGPF was notified of the development and that several of its members who interacted with the suspected Covid-19 patient might have to undergo testing for the deadly virus.

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The source said that what is rather worrying about this incident is that the suspect is a “certified” mental patient and had been travelling throughout the city in the past week without wearing any mask.

In addition, the suspect has not travelled outside of the country raising concerns that any PCR positive test will raise concerns over Community spread of the virus in Grenada.

“This is frightening – this is the worst for us. The man was at the station and so many police officers were exposed to him,” he remarked.

Grenada has recorded 28 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Editor’s Note: The government-controlled quarantine facility referred to is a separate facility located at Grand Anse and is not part of the St. George’s University (SGU) True Blue campus.

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