Thursday 3 December, 2020

Cayman: 200,000 COVID-19 tests from South Korea to arrive next week

Governor Martyn Roper has confirmed that 200,000 PCR test kits will be leaving South Korea on Wednesday on a private aircraft and will arrive within a week.

This was the minimum number of coronavirus test kits that were required to be purchased and a special financial deal was organized.

The governor has indicated that there is currently no intention to test the entire island.

Cayman will also be receiving 1,700 tests via a British Airways flight that comes in on Tuesday. There are currently no further flights scheduled for the near future. CIBC First Caribbean will also be providing Cayman with $25,000 to buy test kits, in addition to other relief assistance that it will be providing on-island.

With regards to the local testing capabilities, the Chief Medical Officer reported that Doctor's Hospital's PCR machine is larger than that of the Health Services Authority (HSA), and this will complement the testing capabilities of the HSA.

PCR tests are considered to be the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

In additional news of foreign support with local COVID-19 impression, Cuban doctors will be coming to Cayman to offer additional help.

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