St. Vincent and the Grenadines today recorded its first COVID-19 death.

The fortynine (49) year old female with multiple pre-existing conditions, presented to the Hospital Services during the evening of January 14 with difficulty breathing.

The patient, who was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 on admission, rapidly deteriorated and died at 5 pm today, January 15, 2021.

There are now twenty-four (24) persons admitted with COVID-19. There were an additional sixty-two (62) new COVID-19 cases confirmed overnight. One adult non-national arrived with a negative PCR test and tested positive on arrival.

All of the other sixty-one (61) cases are nationals with no history of recent travel.

These cases were detected during contact tracing, testing of persons with flulike symptoms and exit screening. There are now three hundred and sixteen (316) local cases under investigation. One hundred and ten (110) persons have recovered and three hundred and thirtynine (339) cases remain active. A total of four hundred and fifty (450) cases of COVID-19 have been reported in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. All positive cases will continue to be isolated until cle