St. Vincent & Grenadines: SVG objects to WHO’s ‘community transmission’ classification

St. Vincent and the Grenadines had objected to the World Health Organisation decision to classify the country as having “community transmission” of COVID-19.

In a press statement on Monday, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said that the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) Regional Contact Focal Point has acknowledged the objection and will now revert to “the correct classification”.

Before last Friday’s change, SVG was categorised as having “Sporadic Cases” of COVID-19 and NEMO said that the change to “Community transmission” was based on information gathered from a Jan. 10 press release.

“This change in categorisation by the WHO IHR Regional Contact Point (PAHO IHR) was made without the input of the IHR National Focal Point of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This miscommunication resulted when an email notification of intent to change was sent to an inactive email address.” NEMO said on Monday.


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