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VIDEO: Saint Lucia borders open June 4; visitors require COVID-19 test, quarantine

(PRESS RELEASE) — Effective June 4, 2020, Saint Lucia opens its borders to regional and international countries. (see video statement below article) The policy includes that travelers present a negative COVID-19 test and undergo mandatory quarantine at a government institution. The Ministries of Health and Tourism will continue working together with stakeholders to coordinate this new phase of the national ...

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BREAKING: Saint Lucia maintains trend of negative COVID-19 test results

(PRESS RELEASE) — As of June 1, 2020, the World Health Organization reported a total of 6, 057, 853 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, with 371,166 deaths. There are now 2, 817, 232 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected countries within the region include Dominican Republic (17,285), Haiti (1,865), Barbados (92), Jamaica (581), Cuba (2,045), Dominica ...

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Saint Lucia to re-open school for Grade 6 and Form 5 students on June 3

(PRESS RELEASE) — Having concluded several consultations with stakeholders, the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations wishes to inform of the RE-OPENING OF SCHOOL for GRADE 6 and FORM 5 STUDENTS on Wednesday, 3rd June 2020. Parents and guardians should note the following: • Health protocols have been shared to ensure a safe and healthy school environment for all ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire in Castries city (+photos and videos)

(St. Lucia News Online) — Firefighters are currently battling a blaze at the old Labour Department building, located near Du Boulay’s Bottling Co. Ltd, at the corner of Bridge Street and Brazil Street in Castries. (See videos below the article) There are no immediate reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. We will provide ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Dennery (+videos)

(St. Lucia News Online) — A man was shot at the fisheries complex in Dennery Thursday morning, May 14, according to sources. (see videos below the article) According to reports, the victim is known by the alias ‘Fra’. He was reportedly shot in the head. Dennery fire personnel responded at 10:45 a.m. and took the victim to the Dennery Hospital, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm, Arthur, could form this weekend before official start of hurricane season

(USA TODAY) — The 2020 hurricane season should get an early start this weekend, forecasters said, as a tropical or subtropical storm is likely to form near Florida and the Bahamas. While they system should not have any direct impact on the southeast coast of the U.S., Florida will see rough beach conditions and increasing rain chances this week before ...

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Saint Lucia is COVID-19-free — again! (+video)

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia’s “last” COVID-19 patient has recovered and was discharged from the hospital, the Ministry of Health and Wellness reported in a news release on Wednesday, May 13. (Below the article is a video statement from Chief Medical Officer Sharon Belmar-George) This means that all 18 confirmed cases have fully recovered, the Ministry said in ...

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Man shot in Castries city

(St. Lucia News Online) — Police are investigating the shooting of a male individual in Arundel Hill, Castries earlier Monday, May 11, 2020. Details are sketchy at this time, but a law enforcement source said the victim was shot by another individual in a house. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the left bicep and is currently in stable ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia has started to bring home nationals; 8 arrived today!

(St. Lucia News Online) — The Saint Lucia government is honouring its promise to return nationals home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight Saint Lucians arrived at the George FL Charles Airport at about 11: 30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 on a chartered flight from Barbados, according to government officials. They were immediately placed in quarantine, health officials confirmed. The ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Babonneau fireman tests negative for COVID-19

(St. Lucia News Online) — The Saint Lucia Fire Service has confirmed that a firefighter attached to the Babonneau Fire Station has tested negative for the dreaded coronavirus disease, COVID-19. The firefighter had turned up for work with respiratory problems, which prompted fire authorities to quarantine 10 others who were on the same shift at the Babonneau station. They were ...

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30 persons arrested for breaking ‘COVID-19 curfew’ in Saint Lucia

(St. Lucia News Online) — Corporal Ann Joseph, public relations officer of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, on Thursday, April 16 disclosed that a total of 30 persons have been arrested and charged for breaking the curfew imposed by the government to combat the spread of COVID-19. Joseph gave a daily breakdown of persons who were arrested and charged ...

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Another Saint Lucian overseas dies from COVID-19

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia has lost another national in the diaspora to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Dead is Craig Auguste, also known as ‘Shaq’ or ‘Baby Shaq’. He was 32 years old. He passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at a hospital in New York. Reports indicate that Auguste,  who is originally from Soufriere, had been ...

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Teen suspected of drowning in Boguis river (+video)

(St. Lucia News Online) — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenage boy whose body was fished from a river in Boguis, Babonneau on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The teen has been identified as 14-year-old Brad Abraham of La Croix,  Babonneau. The Babonneau Fire Station was alerted at around 1 p.m. Abraham’s body was retrieved shortly ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump freezes funding for WHO

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) — President Trump, under mounting pressure over his own halting response to the COVID-19 pandemic, froze all U.S. funding for the World Health Organization on Tuesday, accusing the United Nations agency of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” Speaking during a briefing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the WHO ...

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Saint Lucian still at large after stabbing sisters in Dominica

(St. Lucia News Online) — A St. Lucian man is still on the run after allegedly stabbing his son’s mother and her sister multiple times during a domestic brawl in the village of Grand Fond, Dominica on Sunday afternoon, April 12, according to relatives and multiple sources. The sisters, 23-year-old Tricia Valentine, and 17-year-old Jolisa Dublin, are in stable condition at ...

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UPDATED: St. Lucian man accused of stabbing two sisters in Dominica

(St. Lucia News Online) — A St. Lucian man is on the run after allegedly stabbing his son’s mother and her sister multiple times during a domestic brawl in the village of Grand Fond, Dominica on Sunday afternoon, April 12, according to relatives and multiple sources. The sisters have been admitted to a hospital and both are reported to be ...

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Texas-based St. Lucian students affected by COVID-19 seek donations to help pay rent

(St. Lucia News Online) — Charitable organisation, Children of Helen Alliance Inc., in alliance with the St. Lucia Consulate in Miami, are seeking assistance to raise money for eight Saint Lucian students in Texas affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The funds are to help pay the students’ rent for April 2020, the organisation said in an email. “We here ...

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St. Lucia COVID-19 telethon raises $2.5 million

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia’s National COVID-19 Response Telethon today, April 12, 2020, raised $2.5 million — and counting. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the disclosure on his official Facebook page Sunday evening. The aim of the telethon is to raise funds to support workers on the front-liners, such as doctors, nurses, and law enforcement officials, as well ...

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Saint Lucian COVID-19 death toll overseas reaches 15

(St. Lucia News Online) — At least three more Saint Lucians based overseas have died from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the country’s Diaspora Affairs Unit reported on Good Friday. This brings to 15, the total number of Saint Lucians in the diaspora who have succumbed to the disease. Interestingly, Saint Lucian authorities, on Good Friday, confirmed that a 15th person ...

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St Lucia records 15th confirmed COVID-19 case

(PRESS RELEASE) – As of April 9, 2020, the World Health Organization reported a total of 1,436,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with a total of 85,522 deaths. There are now 454,710 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected region includes Dominican Republic (1956), Haiti (27), Barbados (63), Jamaica (63), Cuba (457), Dominica (15), Grenada (12), Trinidad ...

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24-hour curfew in effect today, Good Friday

(St. Lucia News Online) — A 24-hour COVID-19 curfew is in effect for today, Good Friday, April 10, 2020, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet disclosed Thursday evening. He posted the “reminder” on his official Facebook page. His post was accompanied by the hashtags: #StayHome #SaveLives #StoptheSpread. Essential services are also closed on Good Friday. “Persons who violate this order will face ...

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Expect more lock-offs as WASCO begins rationing schedule

(St. Lucia News Online) — The Water and Sewerage Company Inc (WASCO) has officially started a water-rationing schedule due to the onset of drought conditions, the company said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. Customers will experience an interruption in their water supply starting this evening (Thursday, April 9) and every other evening from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until ...

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“There’s no rush to shop”: Essential services hours extended; no return to 24-hour curfew — Chastanet

(St. Lucia News Online) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced new developments regarding the new 10-hour curfew as the administration continues to activate survival methods amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak. In a Facebook post late Wednesday afternoon, Chastanet revealed that operating hours for essential services have been extended to Thursday, April 9, closed on Good Friday, and resume Easter ...

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‘Gov’t committed to seeing safe return of Saint Lucians ASAP’ — Flood-Beaubrun

Statement by Honourable Sarah-Flood Beaubrun (in photo), Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, on Status of Nationals Abroad – North America The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis and challenge unlike any we have ever experienced. The Embassy of Saint Lucia in the United States, and our Consulates in Miami, New York and Toronto continue to operate and field calls from ...

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Man who threatened to kill PM Chastanet granted $6,500 bail

(St. Lucia News Online) — A fisherman from Canaries who was charged for threatening to kill Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in a video that went viral on social media, was granted bail when he appeared in court this week, according to law enforcement sources. Steve Kowan Alexander, alias “Silver”, was granted bail in the sum of $3,500 for threatening words ...

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Authorities investigate fire at former police headquarters in Castries

(St. Lucia News Online) — Law enforcement officials are investigating a fire that occurred at the former police headquarters building on Bridge Street, Castries this morning, April 7, 2020. No one was injured, but the fire destroyed “paper and other combustible materials”. The structure was unoccupied. An officer from the Saint Lucia Fire Service told St. Lucia News Online that ...

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‘Sexual violence’ incident during 24-hour lockdown saddens Minister Rigobert

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert has expressed deep sadness over the news of a reported case of sexual violence during the 24-hour lockdown period, as part of the Government of Saint Lucia’s efforts at reducing the community spread of COVID-19. Recent incidents bring to the fore the increased ...

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At least 8 Saint Lucians die from COVID-19 overseas

(St. Lucia News Online) — A number of citizens in the Saint Lucian diaspora have died as a result of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the Saint Lucia Diaspora Affairs Unit has confirmed. Saint Lucia’s Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs, Dr. Jocelyne Clarke-Fletcher, revealed on the Unit’s official Facebook page between April 4 and 6, 2020, that at least eight Saint Lucians ...

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BREAKING NEWS: UK PM Boris Johnson’s condition worsens; he’s now in ICU with coronavirus

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London after testing positive for coronavirus. A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said Johnson had been moved to the ICU “on the advice of his medical team” after his condition worsened Monday afternoon. “The PM is receiving ...

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HELP! Saint Lucians stranded on cruise ships

(St. Lucia News Online) — An unknown number of Saint Lucians are reportedly stuck on cruise ships after countries worldwide closed their ports due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. A Saint Lucian with “friends and relatives working on some of those ships” told St. Lucia News Online on Monday that it is believed that “hundreds” of Saint Lucians are among ...

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Saint Lucia: Revised curfew to take effect from April 7 to 11

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucian authorities on Sunday announced a revised curfew of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. that will go into effect from Tuesday, April 7 until Saturday, April 11, 2020. During this time, persons are only allowed to take advantage of essential services, banking, shopping for groceries, and medicine, while still adhering to social-distancing procedures. The ...

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Only bakeries will open Monday to provide delivery service — Saint Lucia officials

(St. Lucia News Online) — The 24-hour curfew that began on April 1, 2020, to combat COVID-19 in Saint Lucia remains in effect on Monday, April 6, 2020, despite several new developments — some of which will take place from Tuesday, April 7, 2020, under a revised curfew schedule. Bakeries will open only to provide delivery service. Supermarkets, mini-marts, distributors ...

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139 released from Rodney Bay and Castries quarantine facilities (video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — A total of 139 individuals from the Rodney Bay and Castries Public Health Facilities have completed their 14 days in quarantine and were sent home on Sunday, April 5, 2020. The individuals showed no signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and were provided with certificates of health upon their departure. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George also highlighted ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia’s 14th confirmed COVID-19 case was the contact for a previous case

(PRESS RELEASE) — As of April 3, 2020, the World Health Organization reported a total of 972, 640 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with 50, 325 deaths. There are now 247, 473 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected region includes Dominican Republic (1380), Haiti (16), Barbados (45), Jamaica (44), Cuba (233), Dominica (11), Grenada (10), Trinidad ...

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Canaries man charged for threatening to kill PM Allen Chastanet

(St. Lucia News Online) — A fisherman from Canaries has been formally charged for threatening to kill Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in a video that went viral on social media. Charged for making use of threatening words is Steve Alexander who is originally from Canaries but is now a resident of Soufriere. Police said he was charged on Friday afternoon ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Vybz Kartel loses appeal against murder conviction

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has lost his appeal against his murder conviction. After a near two-year wait, the Court of Appeal this morning handed down a judgment affirming the murder conviction of the popular entertainer. The court also upheld the convictions and sentences for dancehall artiste Shawn Storm and two other men, Kahira Jones and Andre ...

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UPDATE: St. Vincent records third confirmed COVID-19 case

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Thursday at 9:46 pm, St Vincent and the Grenadines registered its third confirmed case of COVID-19. It is also another imported case. The positive result was one of two results returned. The other result was negative. The sample which tested positive was taken from a male patient who had travelled to SVG From Barbados on March ...

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PM warns: St. Lucia still under 24-hour curfew; violators face arrest

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia is still under a 24-hour curfew as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the reminder from Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “Although we may have made a concession to allow the purchase of groceries today, the public is reminded that that State of Emergency Curfew remains in effect…,” Chastanet wrote on his official ...

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Mini-marts, shops, bakeries to open again on Monday, April 6

(St. Lucia News Online — updated) — In its continued efforts surrounding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Saint Lucia government has made adjustments to the 24-hour seven-day curfew, which will now see a limited number of essential services being opened to the public Thursday, April 2 and Monday, April 6. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet revealed this in ...

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PM: ‘Saint Lucia could have up to 132 confirmed cases’ based on recent trends

(St. Lucia News Online) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has disclosed that about 100 more persons have been placed in quarantine based on contact-tracing. Chastanet said this is in relation to the latest confirmed five cases of COVID-19 via community spread. “These are some of the projections which have resulted in our immediate 24-hour shutdown,” Chastatane said on his Facebook ...

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Call 311 for relief packages from NEMO

(St. Lucia News Online) — Following last evening’s announcement by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of the seven-day shutdown commencing today, Wednesday April 1, 2020, members of the public are encouraged to call 311 to request relief packages from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). The relief package is expected to include food and/or medical supplies, according to reports. Persons calling ...

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PM Chastanet explains ‘tough decision to close supermarkets’

(St. Lucia News Online) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has explained the reason behind his government’s elevation of the State of Emergency to a 24-hour curfew for the next seven days without giving anyone a chance to go shopping. Chastanet announced in a live broadcast to the nation on Tuesday evening that the island will be placed under 24-hour curfew ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t implements 24-hour curfew

(St. Lucia News Online) — Confirming that there is now a “community spread” of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) after Saint Lucia confirmed four new cases on Tuesday, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced a 24-hour curfew for the entire island. Chastanet made the announcement via a live national address on Tuesday evening. “We have determined at this point that we have ...

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Six lose home in Dennery fire

(St. Lucia News Online) — A midday house fire on Saturday in New Field, Dennery has left at least six people homeless, according to fire officials. There were no reports of injuries. A fire truck and an ambulance from the Dennery Fire Station responded to the incident at about 12 noon. The 12’x15′ wood structure was destroyed. The cause of ...

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Saint Lucia’s 4th COVID-19 victim ‘doing well’; over 300 in quarantine

(PRESS RELEASE) — As of March 27, 2020, the World Health Organization reported a total of 509,164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, with 23,335 deaths. There are now 81,137 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected region includes Dominican Republic (581), Haiti (8), Barbados (26), Jamaica (30), Cuba (80), Dominica (11), Grenada (7), Trinidad and Tobago (66), ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Guyana now has 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence on Saturday confirmed that three additional persons have tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) bringing Guyana’s list of confirmed cases to eight. Those persons have been placed in isolation at a health facility. During her live update on Facebook Saturday, the Minister did not disclose whether the new ...

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VIDEO: St. Vincent and the Grenadines COVID-19-free

(St. Lucia News Online) — St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Health Minister Luke Browne announced Friday, March 27 that the island is to date, free of cases of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. Brown said the island’s only confirmed coronavirus patient has now recovered. He said the patient did a repeat test which turned out negative. The health minister also ...

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St. Lucia police arrest 2 for breaking ‘coronavirus curfew’

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia police have arrested two males for breaking the government-sanctioned 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus (CODVID-19), according to sources. Olson Arthur of Rodney Bay, Gros Islet and Francis Lalanne, popularly known as ‘Monkey’, were identified as the persons arrested and charged under the Emergency Powers ...

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Bordelais escapee Markin Marquis killed

(St. Lucia News Online) — Some five days after escaping the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) with five other prisoners — all others are back behind bars — murder accused Markin Marquis met his demise at the hands of police Wednesday night. According to police sources, Marquis was allegedly shot while the lawmen attempted to apprehend him in the Dennery beach ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021

(DAILY MAIL) — Tokyo Olympics WILL be postponed until 2021, veteran IOC member Dick Pound says. The International Olympics Committee member confirmed that the competition will not take place this year. Pound told USA Today: ‘On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. ‘The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are ...

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BREAKING NEWS: St. Lucia records third coronavirus case

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia has confirmed its third case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information was conveyed by Chief Medical Officer Sharon Belmar-George at a press briefing on Monday morning. She explained that the patient is a 43-year-old woman who had traveled to the United States. Belmar-George said the woman returned to the island with flu-like ...

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