Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has warned his countrymen not to let their guard down in relation to COVID-19.
Chastanet issued the warning as he declared that Monday, May 18, 2020 is a milestone for Saint Lucia as the country began to open up to more operations and activities locally.
But he made it clear that for at least the next several months, in the absence of a vaccine, the country must begin learning to co-exist with COVID-19.
“This means going about our daily lives whilst following the various safety protocols which will minimize our chances of catching or spreading the virus,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
He asserted that he new normal for the foreseeable future means wearing masks in public, practicing physical distancing, frequent sanitization of work spaces and hands and the practice of self isolation if people develop symptoms associated with COVID-19.
“As your Government, we have and will continue to make the investments into our nation’s health care system to help manage any potential outbreak of COVID-19,” he declared.
“We have established the 5 respiratory clinics across the island, brought in support from Cuba to assist our local physicians, established Victoria Hospital as a dedicated Respiratory Hospital, allocated resources to help with testing along with the procurement of supplies and equipment needed to manage, treat and protect our front liners and citizens from the virus,” Chastanet explained.
“We have also developed an alert system which will help guide Government on the various measures which need to be taken in the event of future confirmed cases. This will be combined with the use of an Application using geolocation which will help us with contact tracing to help isolate cases as quickly as possible,” the PM disclosed.
“If we are to remain successful in this war against COVID-19, we need your continued cooperation, assistance and vigilance,” he said.
“Though we are currently at 100% recovery, as long as the virus is alive in this world, we must continue to live under the assumption that COVID-19 is potentially 6 feet away. Don’t let your guard down. Now more than ever, your family and your country needs you!” Chastanet concluded.