Friday 10 July, 2020

Gov allays fears surrounding repatriated cruise ship workers

Health Minister, Senator Mary Isaac

Health Minister, Senator Mary Isaac

As Caribbean cruise ship workers continue to appeal to their respective governments to repatriate them, a state of high alert has been raised in the region following some new developments about a cruise ship suspected of carrying several West Indians who tested positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, a total of 151 Saint Lucian cruise ship workers were repatriated, 73 of which came from The Royal Vision of the Seas - the same cruise ship which transported several other Caribbean nationals including one Grenadian and seven Vincentian nationals who tested positive for the virus.

Health Minister, Senator Mary Isaac, has reassured the Saint Lucian public that if there is any positive case of COVID among the repatriated seafarers, it will be detected.

“This is why we quarantine the nationals coming into St Lucia as soon as they get here. Especially our nationals coming back from the cruise ships. They have been swabbed and some tests have been carried out and we have no positive cases so far. But as you know this is a continuous effort, we continue to test while they are in quarantine a number of times so that we can make sure that we do not come up with false negatives.”

Although daily local testing is being conducted, the Ministry of Health has not released any report on the status of the cruise ship workers.

To date, over 500 St Lucian cruise ship workers have been repatriated.

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