The Cayman Islands has seven new cases of the coronavirus – six of them involving travellers who arrived on emergency flights.
There was no government press briefing Thursday, but a short update was released on the test results.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported a further 449 COVID-19 tests had been completed over the last 24 hours.
The press release stated, “Of these 449, seven people have tested positive for COVID-19. Six of these are travellers who arrived on recent evacuation flights and one is a known contact of a previously reported positive case; these people remain in isolation.”
Nearly 2,000 test results have been announced in total this week, with 12 new COVID-19 cases confirmed since Monday.
The spike in numbers on Thursday does not necessarily change what government has described as an encouraging trend in results. Six of the newly revealed cases were from people already in isolation in government facilities.
There have been incoming flights to Cayman from Miami and the UK in recent weeks, bringing returning residents home, as well as facilitating the arrival of a small military unit from the UK.
All those people have been kept in strict isolation and will remain so until they test negative for COVID-19.
New cases in the community remain rare and the islands’ leaders are on course to relax some regulations and allow more industries back to work next week.
More details of that process will be revealed at the press briefing Friday.
Cayman now has a total of 93 positive cases since the crisis began, of which 54 are classified as fully recovered. As of Wednesday, no one was hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms, though two COVID-19 cases are current inpatients at Health City Cayman Islands and are being treated for unrelated conditions.