Saint Lucia: Saint Lucia has recorded 20 new cases of coronavirus, amongst them, some members are from the crew of a visiting cargo ship.
On Thursday, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar-George, revealed that ten of the cases are Saint Lucian citizens.
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the Ministry of Health received confirmation of 20 new topics of COVID-19.
After this outbreak, the total number of cases reported in the country till date is now 203.Out of which two of the cases are of visitors.
Both of these individuals entered in Saint Lucia on Monday, November 16, 2020. On landing, they went through the established screening processes and given they did not have the approved test, and they had to undergo COVID-19 testing in the country. The individuals have kept in the quarantine. Ministry of Health has inducted contact tracing as per the government protocol.
On November 15, 2020, a cargo ship entered into Saint Lucia with the 11 crew members.
After reports of respiratory illness, some of the crew members had tested for COVID-19 positive, then they all were quarantined on the ship.
The Ministry of Health received confirmation that eight of the crew have tested positive for COVID-19.
All positive tested people from coronavirus were placed in quarantine by health practitioners while awaiting their test results.
Five cases were identified through the contact tracing process, and an epidemiological link has been established for these five cases.
Investigations are going on to determine the existence of any additional epidemiological links associated with these cases.
As per the government protocol, arrangements have been made to place these individuals into care.
We ask that everyone practice daily the infection prevention and control guidelines of hand sanitation, use of a face mask in public areas and keeping a separation of six feet when in public will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.