Foreign national tests negative for coronavirus

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(SNO) – A foreign national who was quarantined here in line with protocols established for the coronavirus has been tested negative.

The announcement was made by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George on Timothy Poleon’s Newsmaker Live program.

Samples from the person, who arrived in Saint Lucia on a private yacht from a neighboring country, was taken to Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) based in Trinidad for testing.

Dr. Belmar George said the tests came back negative.

“There are no cases of the coronavirus in Saint Lucia,” she said.

The foreign national arrived on the island on Tuesday and was quarantined.

This created a torrent of speculation and rumors on social media that the dreaded disease had arrived on the island.

The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association has warned against the gathering and spreading of information about the disease from unverified sources.

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