Grenada for a third time this week has reported recording-breaking numbers in new positive COVID-19 cases.
Grenada’s COVID dashboard for September 2 indicates 153 new positive cases were recorded while the death toll now stands at four.
The Ministry of Health reported two more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total this week to three. Overall, four persons who tested positive for COVID-19, have died since the start of the pandemic in Grenada.
The latest two victims are a 97-year-old woman from St Mark who died Wednesday and a 74-year-old woman from St George, who passed away early Thursday morning.
Both of the deceased had underlying medical conditions, with one requiring ventilation on admission.
Grenada now has 599 active cases of which 590 are local and nine are imported cases.
The island has recorded 817 confirmed cases to date.
Ahead of his national address tonight, Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell is assuring Grenadians that there will be no lockdown. News of the imminent national address sparked concerns about a possible lockdown as Grenada faces a current spike in COVID-19 cases.
Mitchell convened a meeting of the Cabinet Thursday afternoon and is now reassuring Grenadians that a lockdown will not be included among the additional containment measures that he will announce.
He is therefore urging citizens to avoid the panic buying that became evident yesterday, as crowded settings foster the further spread of the virus.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and other senior finance and health officials engaged members of the business community as part of the Government’s consultative approach to addressing the current state of affairs.
A similar session is planned with trade union representatives this morning. The Prime Minister’s address will be delivered at 8 pm.