Gov’t considering Rat Island as coronavirus quarantine zone

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Gov’t considering Rat Island as coronavirus quarantine zone
Rat Island was once a quarantine center for small pox victims
Rat Island was once a quarantine center for small pox victims

(SNO) – The government is considering the use of Rat Island as a quarantine zone in case there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in Saint Lucia.

Speaking last week after a meeting of National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) to discuss the coronavirus threat, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said the island is one of many options being discussed by the government

“We are looking at Rat Island which still remains in our laws as a place for quarantine,” he said.

Located off Choc Beach, Rat Island is not new to being a place for quarantine.

The government-owned island was a quarantine center for small pox victims. Then it was abandoned until 1994.

The use of the island is not the only option on the table as the island seeks to face the global crisis of the now infamous virus.

The government will also be beefing up border control and “dealing with whatever concerns are because some of our emergency service officers are scared,” Chastanent pointed out.

He said government is considering where to house people if they are sick.

“And so, I am getting a report on mobilizing and operationalizing OKEU faster than we wanted to, despite some of the limitations at OKEU physically right now in order to maybe use Victoria (Hospital) as that facility,” Chastanet stated.

He gave the assurance that his administration is “exploring ever single thing like a hurricane coming” where things such as cutting bushes and de-silting is done.

“We are doing the same thing in this case,” Chastanet remarked.

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