Saint Lucians have been urged to report people entering this country from countries on which travel restrictions have been placed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here.
“If you have information on anyone coming in from an area of restriction in the last 14 days, please notify the public health officials or the police,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet encouraged on his official Facebook page.
The PM asserted that by communities working with the authorities in their response to COVID-19, “we are better strengthened in reducing the possible spread of the virus.”
Chastanet spoke against the backdrop of reports that individuals who were in quarantine in the North of the Island had escaped the facility, but were returned.
He recalled that on Friday, March 20, the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility opened to facilitate increasing numbers of returning nationals requiring quarantine and isolation.
According to Chastanet, by Sunday, March 22, there were over 100 people in quarantine and three people in isolation.
He observed that over the past two days, the facility has been challenged by persons in quarantine attempting to abscond.
However, the PM disclosed that persons who went back into communities were successfully returned through the help of the police and the community.
Saint Lucia’s Department of Health and Wellness has imposed travel restrictions on several jurisdictions to restrict the entry of COVID-19 here.
The countries include Mainland China, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom (UK), Germany and France.
Nationals of these countries will be allowed entry, but upon entry to Saint Lucia those with a travel history to any of the mentioned countries will be quarantined for 14 days to be monitored for the development of symptoms, an advisory on the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority website says.
Saint Lucia has so far recorded three ‘imported’ cases of the Coronavirus.