Thursday 13 August, 2020

Cayman has 1,390 COVID-19 test kits (139,000 tests) remaining

Of the 2,000 COVID-19 test kits purchased by the Cayman Islands from South Korea last month, each containing 100 tests (a total of 200,000 tests) there are 1,390 kits (or 139,000 tests) remaining. 

According to Minister of Health, the honourable Dwayne Seymour, the tests have been used as follows:

120 kits (12,000 tests) were sold to Bermuda;

200 kits (20,000 tests) were sold to Barbados;

100 kits (10,000 tests) were sold to the Bahamas;

50 kits (5,000 tests) were donated to Saint Lucia, and

The Health Services Authority has used 140 kits (14,000 tests) to date.

The overall cost of the kits was US$4.4 million, representing a cost per kit of US$22. In all cases in which the tests were sold, they were sold at cost, according to the Cayman Islands Government.

"It has been a blessing to take care of our country so well and to take care of our regional neighbours," said Minister Seymour.

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