SLASPA denies cruise ship from Barbados citing respiratory disease
The photo above is not of the cruise ship that was denied.
Press Release Update:
The Department of Health & Wellness wishes to advise the public that based on information received from a cruise ship scheduled to visit Saint Lucia on Saturday, February 1, 2020, the decision was taken not to grant clearance to this vessel as there was an unusually high number of sick passengers on board.
This decision was taken out of an abundance of caution for human health and safety.
It is noteworthy that the health authorities at no time suspected that there were any cases of the novel Coronavirus onboard the vessel and therefore would like to categorically dismiss any false claims that maybe in circulated.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit at 468-5309/ 468-5317 respectively.
The St Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA), on the advice of the Ministry of Health, denied a cruise ship entry into St Lucia.
"We received information and based on that information we made certain decisions. We made a decision to not allow the ship to come in," a Senior Health Official said.
According to the official, there was a threat of a respiratory disease on the cruise ship.
The official also stated that there was no indication of the new strain of coronavirus.
Voicenotes have been circulating on social media that there was a threat of the human Coronavirus, however health officials have dismissed the accusations.
"This is something we do routinely, and because there is Corona it is hyped up".
An official statement will be sent out by the ministry of health on the matter.