PM: Priority 1, 2, 3 – resolve corona; economic stimulation details next week

It’s now up to 9, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Lucia. Among them is the first case of community spread. Victim #9 has no travel history or any connection with someone with travel history. The five new cases were confirmed in St. Lucia at the Ezra Long Laboratory at the OKEU.

These details were provided when Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George and Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir reported to the nation Sunday afternoon.

Key announcements: 

  • Partial national quarantine extended to April 14th
  • Curfew now starts at 8:00pm and ends at 5:00am; 
  • Police will get tough in the next few days with curfew violators and businesses where social distancing is not adhered to. New fines to be announced next week. 
  • Curfew violators will be held for 72 hours at custody suite
  • Businesses that cannot enforce social distancing will be shutdown. 
  • All liquor licenses suspended
  • Self-quarantine is apparently not working and so every suspected case will be under supervised quarantine.
  • Search on for persons who came into the island illegally; police extraction team mobilised
  • Boat seized by marine police for entering the border illegally
  • 130 Cuban doctors are on island to assist in fight against corona

The Prime Minister also announced that the transition to the Owen King E.U. Hospital is now complete and Victoria Hospital will now become a respiratory hospital. Eleven additional respirators have been ordered.

The Prime Minister has promised details of the ‘Corona Rescue Package’ with income support next week.

Mr. Allen Chastanet reiterated that priority #1, #2, and #3 is ‘to resolve corona’. He said the country cannot move on until ‘we curtail corona’.