Former Health and Wellness Minister, Mary Isaac, asserting that the situation with COVID-19 is out of control, has recommended that the authorities respond with a temporary shutdown of Saint Lucia.
“if I were health minister now I would be advising the Prime Minister to close down and the prime minister that I had, he would take that advice,” Isaac asserted Wednesday during the DBS Television programme, Newsmaker Live.
She told programme host, Timothy Poleon, that former Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in whose cabinet she served, did not merely do what he considered to be more popular, but took advice from others including the Chief Medical Officer and the Ministry of Health.
“Everything must be focussed on containing this virus, ” Isaac explained.
” We have a problem. This thing is out of control in Saint Lucia. I would have gotten in touch with PAHO by now and found out what needs to be done and of course with other stakeholders in Saint Lucia,” the former Minister stated.
She expressed confidence that the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA) and the minibus sector have taken note of what is happening and given time to prepare, would not object to a two-week shutdown to bring things under control so that the country can ‘get going’ again.
“We need to get going. People are getting fed up with this thing just like when we were there. People were saying ‘We need to breathe’. We need to breathe but right now if we do not stop for a few days we are going to die and I don’t think a lot of people understand that,” Isaac asserted.
On Wednesday, Saint Lucia confirmed 125 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases diagnosed in country to 10, 852. One more COVID-19 death was also recorded, bringing the total number 126. There have also been 43 total COVID-19 related deaths to date.
Headline stock photo: Mary Isaac