The Deputy Commissioner of Police in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Frankie Joseph, has tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result, Commissioner of Police Colin John and other senior ranks are now in quarantine.
The development, on Thursday, is the latest as it relates to the local spread of the virus, for which 28 nationals with no recent travel history have tested positive.
At least five police officers tested positive for the virus earlier this week, amidst widespread testing within the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
The constabulary now joins the Ministry of Health as the second government department or agency whose senior leadership is in quarantine as a result of the novel coronavirus.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced that Minister of Health, Jimmy Prince, Permanent Secretary, Cuthbert Knights, Chief Medical Officer Dr Simone Keizer-Beache as well as two members of the administrative staff of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment have been advised, out of an abundance of caution, to quarantine for a period of five days ending on Saturday
The advice was “based on contact tracing initiated on Tuesday after the receipt of a positive COVID-19 PCR result by a relative of a staff member of the ministry”, a press statement said.
The police force announced, on Thursday, that “some members” had tested positive for COVID-19, but did not disclose the identity of any of the officers, or the fact that the police chief and other senior ranks were in quarantine.