Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced that the Marine Police Unit will be conducting sea patrols 24 hours every day in ‘well known hotspots’, as part of the battle to control the spread of COVID-19.
Chastanet made the announcement on his official Facebook page Tuesday.
He disclosed that the government has increased the resources and man power allocated to the Marine Unit of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, which will allow for increased patrols at sea.
“This has become necessary following reports of persons trying to enter our island illegally from neighbouring islands,” he explained
Chastanet had earlier sent a warning to smugglers who help people to enter Saint Lucia illegally from neighbouring Islands which have recorded cases of COVID-19, that they are putting themselves and others at risk.
“We must keep Saint Lucia safe,” he told parliament Tuesday.
This country has so far recorded three ‘imported’ cases of Coronavirus, two of whom have since left the Island, Chastanet disclosed.