The Health Services Sub-Committee of NEMO says, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded its first case of the omi-cron variant of COVID 19.
The Committee says the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment was informed on December 27, by CARPHA of the Covid 19 sequencing results of positive samples collected from patients in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on December 18.
The Ministry says these samples were received at the CARPHA lab on December 24, and sent to the COVID19 IMPACT Project lab on the same day.
The COVID19 IMPACT project lab reported on December 27, to CARPHA that the Omicron variant of concern – B.1.1.529 was detected in one sample.
Health officials say this fully vaccinated adult is a traveler from the USA who had a negative Covid 19 test result and was subjected to further testing on arrival. This person has been isolated.
Sequencing results of samples sent to the COVID19 IMPACT Project lab for December 2021 suggests that the Delta variant is now the dominant Variant of Concern in SVG, displacing the Lambda variant.