Foreign National Quarantined in St Lucia As Coronavirus Testing Done

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 new Coronavirus.

The Department of Health and Wellness said the individual arrived in the island from a nearby territory on a private yacht.

“In keeping 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.

“The 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 chances.

The 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.

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