Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Seven children in Cayman have so far tested positive for coronavirus

Seven children in total have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands, it has been confirmed.

Yesterday (TUES), Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee confirmed that a nine-year-old girl was the latest positive diagnosis locally.

She displayed symptoms but does not need hospitalisation.

And it has since been revealed that seven children have so far tested positive for coronavirus in Cayman. Three displayed symptoms but none needed hospitalised.

Speaking at yesterday's COVID-19 live update, Cayman Islands leaders emphasised that while the number of positives continues to be encouraging, “we are still seeing positive cases” - using this to highlight the fact that the phased approach to reopening is the best way forward.

As regards the reopening of schools, Premier Alden McLaughlin also pointed out that children are a large vector of COVID-19 dissemination, while generally remaining asymptomatic; hence the need not to rush into letting them mingle with their peers at this stage.

Cayman now has 151 total coronavirus cases, and one death.

Of the total number of cases, one is symptomatic (the nine-year-old girl), 72 are asymptomatic and 77 have recovered.

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