Bus drivers have pledged their full support to contact tracing efforts by the Ministry of Health, following the confirmation of Saint Lucia’s 29th COVID-19 case.
Confirmation of the support has come from a senior official of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT).
It came as the Office of the Prime Minister announced that Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George will update the Nation on Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 response on Sunday October 11th 2020 at 7:00 PM via the National Television Network and all local partner stations.
Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, announced Saturday that a 48-year old male is this country’s latest victim of COVID-19.
The NCOPT has confirmed that the person is a Castries to Vieux Fort (2H Route) bus driver.
She said that the Ministry of Health is requesting anyone who travelled from the 2H Castries-Vieux-Fort route via minibus M481 during the period Monday, September 28, 2020 to Friday, October 9, 2020 to report to respiratory clinics for assessment and possible testing.
According to an NCOPT official, the organisation is working with drivers who ply the 2H route to speed up the contact tracing process.
He told St Lucia Times that the situation emphasises the propriety of drivers insisting on passengers adhering to COVID-19 protocols and the passengers complying.
The official disclosed that health authorities have met with the executive of the umbrella body that represents bus drivers, to discuss matters pertaining to the latest COVID-19 case.
The Chief Medical Officer disclosed that the case was recorded on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
Dr. Belmar-George said the 48 year old male national accessed care at one of the Respiratory Clinics and was placed at the Respiratory Hospital for care.
The source of infection is not confirmed, she said in a statement.