Prime Minister to address the nation 8pm on Coronavirus response

The National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) is meeting this morning to ensure all stakeholders are aware of the plans for Saint Lucia and what decisions will be made in response to COVID-19.

Already two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in St. Lucia with health officials tracing, notifying and quarantining contacts, [if protocol requires], of the two patients both with travel history in Europe.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is due to address the nation later today after a week-end of consultation and planning.

There was a special meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Saturday March 14th 2020, to discuss and review policy options and considerations on how Saint Lucia is preparing to cope with COVID 19.

On Sunday March 15th, the Prime Minister met with the private sector and union leaders to review and discuss measures by the Government and the private sector, on how Saint Lucia is positioned to defend against the impact of COVID-19.

In tonight’s address the Prime Minister will apprise the country of any decisions regarding the tightening or strengthening of borders or major adjustments.

A hotline “311” is being actioned to provide citizens with information on COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health has been engaged in the constant training of emergency workers, police and all stakeholders.

Hence, the Government continues to advise that Saint Lucians follow the advice of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) and practice healthy behaviours that reduce risk of exposure and infection.