Saint Lucia’s third COVID-19 patient has recovered, while two previous ones have been repatriated to the United Kingdom.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the disclosure on his official Facebook page.
“The third case has recovered but continues to be in isolation to reduce possible transmission,” Chastanet announced.
He said the first 2 cases have since been repatriated to the UK between March 24 and 25, 2020.
Saint Lucia has so far recorded three ‘imported’ cases of Coronavirus.
The Government of Saint Lucia has instituted national country scale down from Monday March 23, 2020.
The PM says the public is advised that this measure is put in place to facilitate social distancing that is to reduce direct person to person contact.
“It encourages a greater than usual physical distance from other persons or objects in public places in order to minimise exposure and reduce the transmission of infection,” Chastanet explained.
He observed that measures to facilitate social distancing includes, school closure, use of essential services only, nonattendance to mass crowd activities including sports, church, social gatherings, closure and avoidance of recreational activities such as beach limes, avoiding public places, avoiding regular trips to supermarket and reducing visits to your home by friends or family.
“A special appeal is going out to the public to please stop sharing fake news, videos and voice notes,” Chastanet stated.
“Apart from it being dishonest, it creates an unnecessary level of panic which is counteractive to the behavioural patterns we need adopted at this time,” he said.
“We continue to advise the public to focus on the maintenance of standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection,” he asserted.
– – regular hand washing with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available.
– – cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing.
– – avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
– – seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider if you have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel.
According to Chastanet, Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing regular updates on COVID-19.