The island of Saint Lucia will for the first time in decades, enter a 24-hour island-wide shut down.
“Every person shall remain confined to their place of residence”, were the words of the island’s Prime Minister, during the nationally televised and radio broadcast statement to the nation on Tuesday night.
The Prime Minister explained the reason to elevate the State of Emergency to a 24-hour shutdown for the next 7 days, until April 7th, 2020 as one that was paramount with the increase number of in country COVID-19 cases the island had confirmed.
On Monday, March 30, the Laboratory Director at the Ezra Long Laboratory diagnosed an additional four (4) cases of COVID-19 bringing the total of confirmed cases in Saint Lucia to thirteen (13) to date.
The first case is a 37 years old female with no travel history but was in contact with someone
within the tourism industry. She presented to our health facility on March 23. The second case is a 34-year-old female with no travel history and no known contact with someone with significant travel history and presented to a health care facility on March 24. The third case is a 54-year-old female with no travel history and came in to a health care facility on March 24. The fourth case is a 40-year-old male with no travel history but contact with persons with recent travel into Saint Lucia. He came in to a health care facility on March 25.
As a result of the new curfew, all supermarkets will remain closed and only Essential services will be allowed to operate with written permission from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
NEMO will also be responsible for supplying food to the elderly and poor during this time.