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Covid-19 fears on Petite Martinique

A state of panic and anxiety is now gripping residents of Grenada’s smallest sister isle of Petite Martinique following the results of rapid tests conducted on some persons within the past 12 hours.

THE NEW TODAY was told that about four persons have tested positive on rapid tests for the deadly virus which is now running amok on the mainland.

A resident said one fisherman who was out drinking with a number of residents, was taken by police to do a rapid test for Covid-19 which came back positive.

“….So now is panic time. The clinic (is) overrun with people who (have) gone to get vaccinated,” said a posting on social media.

Initial reports indicated that one crew member on board a Tuna boat had tested positive for Covid-19 on the tiny island and was being quarantined on the boat.

When contacted, a native of Petite Martinique who lives on the mainland said that his relatives have told him that the individual who is now quarantined on the small vessel had been able to come ashore and mingled with other residents and that there is now “anxiety” among the 900 residents on Petite Martinique.

This, he said, is quite natural given the closeness of the small community and the belief that more people could be infected with the virus than is immediately evident.

“It is a situation of concern,” he added.

THE NEW TODAY cannot independently confirm whether the crew on the Tuna boat that left the mainland did a Covid-19 Rapid test before departure as required by government for travel to any of the two sister isles.

Residents on both Carriacou & Petite Martinique have been calling on their elected Member of Parliament, Legal Affairs Minister, Kindra Maturine-Stewart to take steps to prevent persons living on the Mainland from visiting the two islands.

The issue was addressed a week ago when Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell addressed the nation and announced that there will be no inter-island travel for the next two weeks between Grenada and its two sister islands.

The Prime Minister said that anyone who is granted exemption to travel between the islands must take a rapid test before departure.

Covid-19 cases continue to rise daily in Grenada with Health officials announcing an additional 199 cases on Thursday with 43 persons in hospital receiving treatment.

Since the virus was first detected on the islands in March 2020, a total of 1947 persons have tested positive for the virus and 19 deaths recorded.

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