St. Lucia, Suriname confirm first imported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)

St. Lucia Friday announced its first “imported” case of the coronavirus joining several other Caribbean Community (ARICOM) countries that have announced cases of the virus which was first detected in China last December.

Health authorities in St. Lucia said that a 63-year-old woman, who arrived here from the United Kingdom on March 7, had presented herself to the hospital four days later and samples sent to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

They said the results of the tests were received Friday.

They said the results of the tests were received Friday.

“It is an imported case,” Health Minister Mary Isaac said during a news conference, adding that cabinet will be meeting over the weekend and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet will most likely address the nation on Monday.

“Yesterday we were in one position, today we are in a different type of situation. So as the thing unfolds then our decision also keeps changing,” she said in response to a question as to whether the government was contemplating shutting down schools and banning public gatherings.

In Suriname, the first positive case was a person who travelled from the Netherlands to that country on Wednesday.

Vice President, Ashwin Adhin, made the announcement on Friday.

He also announced on Friday afternoon that Surinam’s airspace would be closed at midnight. All ports of entries will also be closed.

The Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service will be suspended from Saturday, until further notice.

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  1. DA
    March 14, 2020

    only DA ports that are free for all.

  2. Aa
    March 13, 2020

    Importen cases…time to close air space in Dominica. Let the People stay Where they are. When it all started they refused to let students from china come Home so tell all People in England remain there it is better for Them.

  3. As I See it
    March 13, 2020

    Is either Dominica not testing or if they test they hiding the results. Maybe we will bury people that died from coronavirus without even getting a positive test result.

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