Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, urging his countrymen to reject fake news, on Sunday denied that COVID-19 information is being falsified.
“I hear persons saying that we’re falsifying information. This is irresponsible,” Chastanet declared.
“We have always told the truth,” he asserted during an appearance on the National Television Network.
“The CMO, the moment information is received notifies me and within three minutes that information is made public,” the PM said.
He appealed to Saint Lucians not to listen to fake news.
Chstanet urged citizens not to fall prey to the idea that Saint Lucia is some special place in the world where everybody else around has COVID-19, but this country does not.
He put the country on notice that the liberties people have enjoyed are in jeopardy.
“Unlike what was being promoted that I was going to announce the shutdown of the country tonight, it’s the furthest thing from what we want to do,” Chastanet explained.
According to the PM, many people believe there’s no COVID-19 in Saint Lucia and find comfort in that belief.
“Many of us have come to believe that in our heart,” he asserted.
But he warned that the COVID-19 threat is real.
Chastanet spoke against the backdrop of the announcement by the Chief Medical Officer on Saturday, that a 48 year old male is this country’s 29th COVID-19 case.
The National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) confirmed that the patient is a bus driver who plies the Castries to Vieux Fort (2H) route.
According to the NCOPT, health officials had arranged for more than 100 2H route drivers to be tested for COVID-19 as part of the response to the latest infection.