A Russian man in quarantine in Saint Lucia has tested negative for coronavirus, it has been announced.
The announcement was made by Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Sharon Belmar-George.
She spoke during the DBS Television programme – Newsmaker Live.
Belmar-George disclosed that the negative result was received from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) which is headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago.
Earlier this week the Department of Health and Wellness confirmed the arrival of a non-national in Saint Lucia on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from ‘a nearby territory’ via a private yacht.
“In keeping with our national response protocols, the individual has been placed on medical quarantine at a public health facility and the necessary assessments are being undertaken,” a statement from the department said.
The statement ignited a flurry of social media messages, prompting warnings against the dissemination of unverified information and fake news.
Health officials say the Russian national who was put in quarantine still has respiratory issues and is being monitored.