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Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed detection of the new UK COVID-19 variant in three test samples from the Cayman Islands.
Cayman has sent samples overseas for testing to detect the new UK COVID-19 variant, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed.
Starting Thursday, Cayman will require a negative COVID-19 test from all travellers 72 hours prior to entry, a move that has triggered changes in travel plans for some and concern for others.
While countries have already flagged cases of the new variant of the COVID-19 virus there is no way for Cayman to determine whether recent positive patients have this new strain.
Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac can now conduct its own high-speed COVID-19 tests, and will no longer have to send samples to Grand Cayman for processing.
A new COVID-19 report by the Caribbean Development Bank shows that Montserrat and the Cayman Islands have by far the highest number of coronavirus cases on a per capita basis in the Caribbean, largely due to the amount of testing done in the islands.
Cayman’s second coronavirus test lab at CTMH Doctors Hospital is expected to be operational next week. The lab was made possible through a partnership with an Australian genetics firm that has a presence in the Special Economic Zone.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has said work in ongoing to begin expanding COVID-19 testing in Cayman.