Friday 27 November, 2020

PM on new COVID case: St Lucia's unbelievable success due to protocols

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, responding to Saint Lucia's latest confirmed COVID-19 case, says the island’s protocols for the virus is indeed effective.

The positive case is a 29-year-old female national who arrived in Saint Lucia on Sunday, September 27, 2020, from the United States.

"This COVID case is an example of the provisions we have in the COVID Bill," Chastanet told Loop News Wednesday, following news of a new case on the island.

"It is those protocols that have worked," he declared.

According to Chastanet, the individual presented a negative test coming into Saint Lucia and was placed in mandatory quarantine and was retested seven days later, results which proved positive for the virus.

"The good news is that the person was in isolation and there is no immediate fear or concerns that there is going to be a community spread but it tells you that these provisions that we have worked."

Provisions, he said, that came with consultation: "The Hotels Association, the Bar Association, the Chamber, Manufacturers Association, all of civil society have participated over the last four months in developing these provisions. And when I say publicly that you cannot argue with success, it is not a position of being arrogant... it is the truth. Saint Lucians should be proud of what we've accomplished; it is unbelievable."

With increasing COVID cases globally, the prime minister says Saint Lucia cannot afford to let its guard down.

The island has recorded 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and had attained a 100% recovery prior to the new case.

"I hear too many Saint Lucians suggesting that we don't have COVID, yes we don't have COVID here but every day that can change, any minute it can change," said.

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