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Covid-19 case in Mt Horne linked to top NNP activist

Details are beginning to emerge about the fear and panic created in Mt. Horne, St. Andrew over the presence of a positive Covid-19 individual in the village.

THE NEW TODAY was told that several villagers including a top political activist for the ruling New National Party (NNP) in the constituency of St. Andrew North-west had to be tested for Covid-19 during the Christmas holiday period as they came into contact with a man who came into the country and tested positive for the virus.

According to an authoritative source, the political activist is close to Social Development Minister, Delma Thomas and landed two lucrative contracts to provide security services at both the St. George’s General Hospital and Princess Alice hospital at Mirabeau.

He said that before health officials called the individual who came in from overseas to inform him that he was Covid-19 positive, it was known that he “was interacting” with many persons in the community.

THE NEW TODAY cannot ascertain if the individual was one of those persons who was given “Home Quarantine” status by the Ministry of Health.

However, this newspaper is aware that several persons with close ties to the Mitchell-led government were sent to Home Quarantine on arrival in the country from overseas and not placed in any government-controlled facility to get clearance in order to enter the community.

The source said that the man was having an affair with the daughter of the NNP political activist and was sleeping almost every night in his home in the rural St. Andrew village.

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“He (positive case man) came from England but he dating … (name withheld of NNP activist) daughter. That is where he’s sleeping and waking. When they asked him to Quarantine, (name of NNP activist) went into quarantine,” he said.

The source pointed out that the situation was very “explosive” in the small village because the NNP activist was also one of the persons who was engaged in driving around the island with some of the nurses doing the swabbing to help conduct the PCR test for Covid-19.

“The thing was so explosive. The thing was even worse than you can imagine. The thing stinks. The guy that was positive was sleeping in (name of NNP activist house – he was (name of activist) son-in-law,” he said.

The source indicated that the island’s two main hospitals might have also been put into the category of being possibly exposed to the virus because the NNP political activist was visiting them because he has security personnel working at both institutions.

Grenada is currently under a nightly 9-hour curfew from 8.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. to deal with rising Covid-19 figures on the island.

In the past month, the number of positive virus cases moved from 41 to 130.