Chinese national coronavirus test negative – Ministry of Health

By Ministry of Health

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(PRESS RELEASE) – As of February 24, 2020, the WHO reported a total of 79,331 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from China with 2,595 deaths.

There are now 2,069 confirmed cases in 29 countries outside China which include: Thailand (35), Japan (144), the Republic of Korea (763), Vietnam (16), Singapore (89), Australia (22), Malaysia (22), Cambodia (1), Philippines (3), Nepal (1), Sri Lanka (1), India (3), United States of America (35), Canada (9), France (12), Finland (1), Germany (16), Italy (124), Russian Federation (2), United Kingdom (9), Belgium (1), Spain (2), Sweden (1), United Arab Emirates (13), Egypt (1), Israel (1), Sweden (1), Iran (43), Lebanon (1), Kuwait (3). There have been 23 deaths outside China. The cases on an international conveyance, that is the cruise liner in Japan (695) with 3 deaths.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, authorities were alerted of two Chinese nationals with dual citizenship travelling to Saint Lucia via the United Kingdom, with a travel history of concern. Upon arrival, they were reviewed by the port health team as per protocol. One person was placed under isolation at a health care facility and the other under quarantine at another site in keeping with public health guidelines. Samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for testing.

The test result for the Chinese national in hospital isolation received from the Caribbean Public Health Agency is negative.

As such, the individual is discharged from hospital isolation and the other Chinese national was discharged from quarantine.

In the interim, the public is asked to continue practicing the standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection. These include:

– regular hand washing with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available.
– cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing.
– avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
– seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider if you have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel.

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