Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Police seize boat, arrest several illegal entrants from Martinique

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Milton Desir has applauded the Marine Police for seizing a boat suspected of bringing in in persons illegally from Martinique.

“I commend them for such action and that boat is impounded,” Desir declared.

According to him, the police have been busy going out in search of individuals who had entered Saint Lucia illegally from Martinique.

Several have been arrested and placed in quarantine.

“Obviously they came in unlawfully and therefore were not in quarantine, we have since brought in some of those individuals into quarantine and I must inform also that we have put together two extraction teams, one in the north and another in the south, who will be working closely with the Ministry of Health to identify individuals and taking them into quarantine."

The officers, he noted, will be exercising strict protocols, fully equipped with facemasks, bodysuits, hand sanitizers and other protective gear to prevent the spread of the virus as they execute their duties.

Several videos have been making rounds on social media where police officers are seen asking members of the public to break up social gatherings and adhere to the COVID-19 curfew and lockdown protocols.

On Sunday, during an address to the nation, Commissioner Desir issued a warning to persons who violate the country’s COVID-19 emergency regulations, that they will be arrested.

“I am urging persons to be responsible; be responsible, just obey the laws are there it is put for control. The police have been out there, they are putting their lives in jeopardy so that they can protect you. Please help protect yourself, stay indoors especially when the curfew time takes effect. There will be no begging individuals to go home, no warnings,” Desir declared.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, two male individuals were arrested and charged for breaching the 11 pm to 5 am curfew. The curfew is now from 8 pm to 5 am.

The arrests were made under the Emergency Powers (Disasters) (COVID-19) (Curfew) Order of 2020.

To date, Saint Lucia has recorded 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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