No coronavirus at Grenada university, health officials claim

Grenada health authorities have described as “baseless, false and designed to create fear’ reports circulating on social media of the presence of the deadly novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on the campus of the St George’s University (SGU).

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said the rumours were also “mischievous, “ and that the acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Francis Martin and Senior Medical Officer Dr Shawn Charles, who heads the Ministry’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Units, had held talks with SGU’s health officials to discuss the claims and concerns.

“The allegations are baseless, false and designed to create fear and panic.”

— Grenada’s Ministry of Health

“Both have since confirmed that the allegations are baseless, false and designed to create fear and panic and that no member of the university community has presented with symptoms that meet the diagnostic definition for coronavirus,” the statement said.

According to the Health Ministry, three students with common upper respiratory complaints similar to a common cold were screened, “deemed safe, and out of an abundance of caution, were offered individual dorm rooms for self-isolation.

“The students have no travel history to mainland China and have not been in contact with individuals who have visited in China during the last two weeks,” the statement said. “No student, employee, or visitor; past or present, is suspected of contracting the coronavirus.”