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Department of Health and Wellness Clarifies the Refusal of Cruise Ship to Saint Lucia

PRESS RELEASE — The Department of Health & Wellness wishes to advise the public that based on information received from a cruise ship scheduled to visit Saint Lucia on Saturday, February 1, 2020, the decision was taken not to grant clearance to this vessel as there was an unusually high number of sick passengers on board.

This decision was taken out of an abundance of caution for human health and safety. It is noteworthy that the health authorities at no time suspected that there were any cases of the novel Coronavirus onboard the vessel and therefore would like to categorically dismiss any false claims that maybe in circulated.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit at 468-5309/ 468-5317 respectively.

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