Saturday, February 22, 2020

Suspected Coronavirus Case Tested Saint Lucia’s Preparedness

A suspected case here of coronavirus  served as a simulation exercise to test Saint Lucia’s level of preparedness, the Ministry of Health says.

On February 11, 2020, the Department of Health and Wellness reported that a Russian man who arrived in Saint Lucia via a private yacht from Martinique was placed on medical quarantine at Victoria Hospital.

The patient had visited a health care institution with respiratory symptoms and had a recent travel history to mainland China.

A sample was taken from him and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA for testing.

On February 12, 2020, the Department of Health & Wellness received the test results of the non-national quarantined and confirms that the patient has tested negative for the Novel Corona Virus.

Chief Medical Officer Doctor Sharon Belmar-George says there are no Corona Virus cases in Saint Lucia or the Caribbean region.

She disclosed that as of February 12, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that China had a total of 45, 171 confirmed cases of Novel Corona Virus, now renamed COVID19.

Belmar-George said there are now 441 confirmed cases in 24 countries.

They include:  Thailand (33), Japan (28), and the Republic of Korea (28), Vietnam (15), Singapore (47), Australia (15), Malaysia (18), Cambodia (1), Philippines (3), Nepal (1), Sri Lanka (1), India (3), United States of America (13), Canada (7), France (11), Finland (1), Germany (16), Italy (3), Russian Federation (2), United Kingdom (8), Belgium (1), Spain (2), Sweden (1) and United Arab Emirates (8). The cases on an international conveyance, that is the cruise liner, in Japan (175).

The Department of Health & Wellness has reassured the public of its commitment to strengthen its preparedness plan and ensure that all the necessary protocols and guidelines are followed to reduce the possible impact of the Corona Virus on the population.

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