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COVID-19 Outbreak on Cruise Ship While in Grenadines

(iWitness News) The first cruise to resume sailing in the Caribbean reported a preliminary COVID-19 positive case while in the Grenadines on Wednesday, and five cases have been confirmed on board since then.

CNN is reporting that captain of the cruise ship, SeaDream 1 made the announcement over the ship’s intercom system shortly before lunchtime on Wednesday.

The vessel appears to be the same one that was anchored off Mt Wynne, on St. Vincent’s west coast, earlier this week, while armed police officers from the Rapid Response Unit, a police tactical squad, stood guard on the beach there, apparently to prevent passengers and locals from mingling.

The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines had earlier this year announced a protocol that would prevent cruise ship passengers and locals from mingling at the nation’s beaches.

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