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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Saint Lucia

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Saint Lucia
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSaint Lucia
First outbreakUnited Kingdom
Arrival date13 March 2020
(3 weeks)
Confirmed cases13[1]
Recovered1[2]
Deaths
0

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Saint Lucia in March 2020.

Timeline

On 13 March 2020, the first case in Saint Lucia was confirmed.[3] The patient is a 63-year-old woman with a travel history from the United Kingdom.[4] The Department of Health and Wellness confirmed a second case on 14 March 2020.[5] The patients were repatriated to the United Kingdom on 24 and 25 March.[2]

On 20 March 2020, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced that Saint Lucia would implement social distancing measures, including the suspension of nonessential commercial activity from 23 March through 5 April.[6] The government also imposed a 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. On 29 March, the Prime Minister extended the shutdown to 14 April and extended the curfew to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.[7][8]

On 23 March 2020, the Government of Saint Lucia declared a state of emergency and announced the closure of the country's airports to incoming passenger flights until 5 April.[9][10]

On 27 March 2020, the Ministry of Health began local testing for COVID-19 and, on 29 March, it reported the first instance of local transmission among six new confirmed cases. The ministry also reported that 300 persons were under supervised quarantine.[11][12]

On 31 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced a 24-hour curfew confining all persons to their place of residence from 5 a.m. 1 April to 5 a.m. 7 April. At the time of the announcement, persons were already under curfew meaning they could not make any arrangements for the new curfew.[1]

On 1 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced that mini-marts and bakeries would be open for a limited time to allow people to buy goods.[13]

On 2 April, St Lucians queued up in long lines outside the briefly opened shops, mostly ignoring the prime minister's calls to practise social distancing.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b "BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia gov't implements 24-hour curfew". St. Lucia News Online. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Saint Lucia's only coronavirus patient "has recovered"; two other patients repatriated" (Press release). Ministry of Health and Wellness. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ "UK National Is Saint Lucia's First Coronavirus Case". St. Lucia Times. 11 March 2020.
  4. ^ "St. Lucia confirms its first COVID-19 case: woman, 63, with UK travel history". St. Lucia News Online. 11 March 2020.
  5. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia confirms its second COVID-19 case" (Press release). Department of Health and Wellness. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  6. ^ "St Lucia closing non-essential commercial services for 2 weeks". Loop News. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Prime Minister extends quarantine, increases curfew" (Press release). Government Information Service. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  8. ^ Sharefil Gaillard (29 March 2020). "St Lucia extends curfew due to uncooperative public; COVID-19 spread". Loop News. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  9. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia declares state of emergency". St. Lucia News Online. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  10. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: St. Lucia airports closed to arriving passengers" (Press release). Office of the Prime Minister. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Saint Lucia's 4th COVID-19 victim 'doing well'; over 300 in quarantine" (Press release). Ministry of Health and Wellness. 28 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Saint Lucia now experiencing local transmission of COVID-19" (Press release). Ministry of Health. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  13. ^ "PM: Mini marts, bakeries open April 2 and 6; minimal farming allowed". Loop News. 1 April 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  14. ^ Jonathan Stuart (2 April 2020). "St Lucians again fail at social distancing during curfew shopping". Loop News. Retrieved 2 April 2020.


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