The number of persons tested positive for the Coronavirus in Grenada has moved from nine to 10.
Health Minister Nicholas Steele made the announcement this evening with the latest person being identified as a 58-year old individual who flew into the island from New York.
This development came as the Grenada Airports Authority (GAA) ordered all staffers, who worked on the shift when a COVID-19 patient slipped out of the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) on an Air Canada flight, to go into self-imposed quarantine.
“Now yesterday they call all the staff who worked and tell them self quarantine for 14 days”, said a staffer who spoke to THE NEW TODAY on condition that he was not identified.
“Up to now they have nothing in place for us”, added the staffer who expressed fears for the safety of co-workers at the airport.
The story about the COVID-19 patient was broken by NOWGRENADA which said that local health authorities confirmed that one of the island’s nine Covid-19 patients has sneaked out of the country unknown to them on an international flight.
According to the article, the person is one of 2 people who sat within close proximity to the patient who was tested positive for the virus that arrived in Grenada on March 16 on a flight from the United Kingdom.
NOWGRENADA quoted National COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. George Mitchell as saying, “We have information that one person left with their family”.
Dr. Mitchell admitted that the man left the island with his wife and child without stating specifically when he did so.
Health Minister Nicholas Steele had assured Grenadians a few days ago that the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) was given instructions to enforce stricter regulations for persons quarantined on the island after they returned positive result for the virus.
The Keith Mitchell-led government has not released the locations in the country where persons who tested positive for COVID-19 are being quarantined.