CASTRIES, St Lucia, Wednesday
February 12, 2020 –
A foreigner who arrived in St Lucia by sea yesterday is now under quarantine
and medical assessments are underway as authorities seek to keep out the deadly
of Health and Wellness said the individual arrived in the island from a nearby
territory on a private yacht.
with our national response protocols, the individual has been placed on medical
quarantine at a public health facility and the necessary assessments are being
undertaken,” it said.
Department of Health and Wellness assures the public that established protocols
and guidelines are being followed to ensure the protection of the health and
safety of our medical practitioners, our clients, and the general public.
Further updates will be provided as relevant details become available.”
The St Lucia
Medical and Dental Association said today that results should be available from
the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) by the end of this week.
There are currently
no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in St Lucia or the rest of the region,
although several people have been quarantined as countries opt to take no
Department of Health and Wellness says it continues to strengthen its
preparedness plans to manage the threat, and engagements are scheduled with the
hotel and tourism sector, the private business sector and the education sector,
in an effort to strengthen stakeholder participation and preparation.
In the interim, the public is asked to continue practicing the standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection.
The number of cases of the virus, which originated in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, has passed 42,000 and deaths have surpassed the 1,000 mark.