Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Saint Lucia Urged To Close Borders, ‘Quarantine’ Aux Lyon In COVID-19 Fight

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A former Health Minister has called on Saint Lucia authorities to close the country’s borders and ‘quarantine’ the community of Aux Lyon in Dennery, in the battle to control the spread of COVID-19.

“I would adopt the Chinese style,” Dr. Keith Mondesir said in response to suggestions that curfews should be re-imposed.

Mondesir spoke shortly before Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Balmar-George, announced three new cases of COVID-19.

He observed that the Chinese would block an area where there is a concentration of the virus.

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“In Saint Lucia the Aux Lyon area seems to be the area producing the most people, so I would quarantine the Aux Lyon area and monitor that,” Mondesir explained Thursday.

The former minister said the measure can be extended as needed.

“It’s working very well for China – you just cut off the area you think that the most infections are coming from, quarantine the people in there, do all your tests and then you see what’s happening with the rest of the Island,” Mondesir asserted.

He felt that because Saint Lucia has limited resources to deal with a worsening COVID-19 situation and people on the whole do not have massive homes in which they can observe social distancing, the Island’s borders should be closed.

“Shut down all forms of communication from outside,” Mondesir declared.

He observed that Saint Lucia is currently accommodating tourists from Europe and North America.

Mondesir noted that COVID-19 cases from those two regions of the globe are climbing daily.

He took issue with concerns expressed by local authorities about persons entering Saint Lucia illegally through the ‘back door’, when according to the former minister, the front door is wide open.

Mondesir observed that both back and front doors have to be guarded.

“If the government is saying that they are responsible, if they understand how this thing spreads fast, I am saying right now let us move within our local economy,” Mondesir told St Lucia Times.

“I refuse to accept with my medical background that the government is taking the right step by allowing tourists to come in,” the former minister stated.

Health Minister, Mary Isaac, recently asserted that locking down an entire community is easier said than done.

In a telephone interview with DBS Television, broadcast on Tuesday, Isaac disclosed that health officials were in consultation with Aux Lyon community leaders on the way forward.

(Photo caption: Dr. Keith Mondesir – File Photo)

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