Ministry of Health provides update on corona virus and testing
As of February 10, 2020, the WHO reported a total of 40,235 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV from China.
There are now 319 confirmed cases in 24 countries which include: Thailand (32), Japan (26), and the Republic of Korea (27), Vietnam (14), Singapore (43), Australia (15), Malaysia (18), Cambodia (1), Philippines (3), Nepal (1), Sri Lanka (1), India (3), United States of America (12), Canada (7), France (11), Finland (1), Germany (14), Italy (3), Russian Federation (2), United Kingdom (4), Belgium (1), Spain (2), Sweden (1) and United Arab Emirates (7). Cases on an international conveyance (Japan) (70).
There are no Corona Virus cases in St. Lucia or the Caribbean region. The four quarantined cases in Saint Lucia are doing well and have not exhibited any signs or symptoms.
One of the gaps in the Corona Virus management indicated last week was diagnostic testing. However, as of Friday, February 7, 2020 the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad has indicated that they have developed the capacity to facilitate regional testing. CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) is accepting specimens for diagnostic testing by molecular method. The turnaround time is 24-48 hours from receipt of the specimen at CMML.
Corona viruses cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-nCoV). The signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of