GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC – The Cayman Islands has began genome sequencing of native COVID-19 circumstances making the territory the primary within the area, outdoors of the Caribbean Public Well being Company (CARPHA), to take action.
This was revealed by Governor Martyn Roper who stated that this places the British abroad territory in a unique league, as nobody else within the Caribbean is doing it.
“Different territories and international locations are sending their samples to CARPHA, the regional physique. However we’re in a position to do that on island. It is solely simply come on-line so we weren’t in a position fairly to say this has been working and it has been working effectively. However we received ourselves into the fitting place,” stated Roper who was talking on a neighborhood speak present earlier this week.
In response to the governor, the sequencing is a “main step” and this was communicated with the UK as the federal government lobbied to be moved from amber to inexperienced on the British journey listing.
Nonetheless, on Thursday, the UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps didn’t make adjustments to the inexperienced listing, leaving Cayman on amber.
This implies folks travelling from the Cayman Islands to the UK should take a COVID-19 take a look at, e-book and pay for day two and day eight COVID-19 journey checks – to be taken after arrival – and quarantine at residence or within the place you’re staying for 10 days.
There stays the choice to pay for the ‘take a look at to launch’ scheme after 5 days.
Among the many said standards for inclusion on the inexperienced listing are vaccination charges, an infection charges, entry to genome sequencing and dependable native scientific knowledge.
Roper stated the UK could be very involved in regards to the unfold of COVID variants, specifically the Delta variant from India, and so, too, is Cayman.
He stated genome sequencing identifies the variants of concern and is essential within the COVID-19 combat.
“After we take a look at folks for being optimistic or adverse utilizing the PCR checks, this can be a totally different kind of take a look at which allows you to break down the optimistic circumstances and it’ll inform you whether or not it is the Indian or Delta variant. It would inform you whether or not it is the Kent UK variant, which is Alpha, and that is actually essential as a result of then, when it comes to your COVID response, you recognize which variant you have received as a result of some variants are extra infectious than others,” the governor stated.
He stated with genome sequencing native well being officers can get much more info to have the ability to take care of COVID-19.
“With the ability to do genome sequencing on island is a serious step ahead and we’re successfully a regional well being chief on this space,” he stated.
The Delta variant, which originated in India, has additionally been present in 62 international locations and the circumstances within the UK are rising.
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