HEALTH MINISTRY WORKING ON TESTING CAPACITY FOR NEW COVID STRAIN

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Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says local capacity to test for variant strains of the COVID-19 is to be established.

Tufton says his ministry has been in discussions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get the gene sequence to identify variant strains in the population.

Dr. Tufton said capacity development of local staff in conducting genomic testing is to be done to facilitate testing for variant strains in the population.

He said the Ministry continues to send samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency to test for variant strains of the virus.