Search On For Two People Who Illegally Entered Grenada From T&T

Health and law enforcement authorities are investigating the circumstances that led to two persons entering the island last weekend in violation of both the health and immigration protocols amid fears that their entry here could possibly result in an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Health and law enforcement authorities are investigating the circumstances that led to two persons entering the island last weekend in violation of both the health and immigration protocols amid fears that their entry here could possibly result in an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We are looking for someone who came in from Trinidad. If that one person proves to be positive with that strain, who has been at large since Saturday, then we quite likely will lose control of the situation,” Health Minister Nickolas Steele told reporters at the weekly post cabinet news conference on Tuesday.

Trinidad and Tobago is facing an outbreak of COVID-19 with the country registering 382 deaths in May alone. The island has recorded 495 deaths and 23,638 positive COVID-19 cases since the first infection on March 12, 2020.

Grenada sent 10,000 doves of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Port of Spain last weekend, and Steele told reporters the unidentified individual “could have infected enough individuals by now to cause an outbreak here in Grenada.

“It only takes one, we have said that consistently. However, if that individual interacted with people who are fully vaccinated then we are safe,” Steele said, noting that the individual had entered the country through the Grenadine Island of Carriacou.

“The individual came in from Trinidad via speedboat to Carriacou. The information we have says that the person is from the New Hampshire area. We are asking persons to come forward with information to the police or the Ministry of Health,” said Steele, urging Grenadians to report the individual.

Police are yet to provide a name and other information about the individual.

All persons arriving in Grenada must receive permission from an Immigration Officer. A person who fails to receive that permission is deemed as entering the island illegally and can be charged under the Immigration legislation. The maximum fine is presently EC$3000.

Steele also disclosed that another person with dual citizenship had successfully entered Grenada using forged documents.

“We have information to show he forged the date of his second dose vaccination,” said Steele who confirmed that the young man is currently in quarantine.

Grenada’s new entry protocol requires that all incoming passengers must present a negative PCR test and if he/she is fully vaccinated will only be quarantined for 48 hours once the PCR taken at arrival is also negative. People who are not fully vaccinated can be quarantined for up to seven days.

“We know for a fact that he forged the date on which he got vaccinated in order to qualify for the 48 hours quarantine period and we are investigating as to whether he forged the entire document or not,” Steele said of the individual with Grenadian and US citizenship.

Grenada has recorded 161 cases and one death from the virus since March last year.

Source: Loop News Caribbean

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