Thursday 9 April, 2020

Cayman now on lockdown after one new coronavirus case

Cayman has moved into virtual lockdown after one new positive case of COVID-19 was revealed. These results are preliminary.

This brings the total number of positive tests that have come back and been reported in Cayman to six.

The patient was a Health Services Authority patient who was asymptomatic. The test was done because there was a consideration, because of other health issues, to transfer the patient to the United States. The US has been requesting COVID-19 tests from patients before they are permitted to enter its borders.

The patient arrived after the visitor restrictions were imposed at HSA.

There are two groups that are currently being tested - people who were in contact with the individual in the community, and medical workers who came into contact with the individual. The medical workers are currently in isolation and those in the community are still being contacted.

No information will be released on specific details of their identity or where they live or work.

This means that Cayman is now in the community spread phase, according to Minister Seymour.

As a result, government has taken the decision to move to the next phase: curfew hours are being amended from 7 pm at night to 6 am for the next 10 days, beginning today. All non-essential establishments will be closing.

Everyone is required to stay home unless they are an essential worker.

Cabinet has not had a chance to meet as yet. Cabinet will be meeting at noon and this change in the law will be “done and dusted” during that time.

We cannot reasonably expect people not to get food, fuel or money advised the premier. Specifics around these areas will be decided when cabinet meets.

"This is essentially a lockdown," said the premier.

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