The St. Lucia Government announced its efforts to contain the spread of the virus:
- All schools are to remain closed and all related school activities are suspended until further notice. This is a first step in the social distancing protocol and should not be treated as a regular school vacation. The Ministry of Education is collaborating with our telecommunications service providers and will advise of alternative means of delivery of educational instructions to students.
- Mass crowd events of more than 50 persons is being discouraged. As a first step the Jazz festival has been cancelled.
- We have suspended all cruise ship calls from Monday March 16, 2020 for the next 30 days.
- All yachting and pleasure craft calls into saint Lucia will be suspended with immediate effect.
- Effective March 17, 2020, the travel restrictions will be further expanded to Mainland France, Germany, Spain, Iran and the United Kingdom.
- As of March 16, 2020, The Ministry of Health activated three (3) respiratory clinics at the Vieux Fort Wellness Center, the Dennery Hospital and the Gros Islet Polyclinic. An additional two clinics will be activated in the coming days to be located at the La Clery Wellness Centre and the Soufriere Hospital. These clinics are intended to take care of persons who have respiratory infections.
- A hotline will be operational by the end of this week using the “311” number where citizens will be able to get information on COVID-19.
- Mobile telephones will be made available from this week to physicians to provide medical advice via telephone.
- The Government of Saint Lucia has reached out to friendly governments such as Taiwan, Cuba and India to provide technical support as we strengthen our ability to manage this virus.
- Testing kits for the coronavirus have arrived on island and staff are currently undergoing training with a testing lab to be set up later this week. This will substantially reduce our waiting time for results from 24 hours to approximately 2-4 hours.
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