St Maarten reports positive coronavirus case
St Maarten has its first positive coronavirus case.
The announcement was made during an address to the nation by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs.
The patient is a 26-year-old male local resident of St Maarten who travelled to the UK via Miami.
He contacted authorities upon his return home and samples were taken for testing on Sunday (March 15).
Prime Minister Jacobs says a second confirmatory test will be sent to The Netherlands in order for the case to be properly confirmed.
She says a first test always must be corroborated by a second test to be positively called a COVID-19 case.
The resident is in quarantine for the next 14 days.
It was also announced that schools would be closed from March 18 for two weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 on the island.
All non-essential services will also be shut down from March 18 from 12 am for two weeks.