There would be no new restrictions or protocols implemented by the government following the discovery of an imported case of COVID-19 infected with the UK variant.
This is according to Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh, during a virtual conference on Friday. The Minister described the incident as an “index case” which was successfully contained by the existing quarantine protocols.
Minister Deyalsingh assured that the government would not be making any “knee-jerk” or “panicked” reactions to the incident but, instead, would be guided by scientific data.
On Thursday, the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies confirmed the presence of the strain through genomic sequencing.
According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram, the variant was found in a sample taken from someone who came into the country earlier this month, from the United Kingdom through Barbados.