St. Lucia gov’t considers imposing stricter COVID-19 protocols

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St. Lucia gov’t considers imposing stricter COVID-19 protocols
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said stricter COVID-19 protocols may be implemented if St. Lucians don't take the situation more seriously.

By Sharleene Lindsay

(St. Lucia News Online) —  With a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Saint Lucia due to its first community-spread, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said the government is considering implementing more stringent measures.

He made the disclosure on Tuesday while speaking to reporters outside the House of Parliament.

“For a period of time, we have to stop the socializing, we have to stop the virus from being able to circulate,” he said.

“The only way we can do that…. save lives, save livelihoods, wear your mask. That is what we all have to do. And if in fact that we’re not going to have the discipline in us to do it, I’m calling upon each individual person in this country to do their part. If that is not working, then sadly the government will have to resort to more stringent protocols…,” he said.

The prime minister said Saint Lucians do not appear to be taking the situation seriously.

“I was traveling in the south this weekend, and I was shocked,” he said. “I mean I didn’t think I was in Saint Lucia. Persons were in larger crowds than 25 people, people were overly socializing, this is not how we’re going to beat this situation.”

Chastanet is calling on Saint Lucians to “go to work and go home!”

He said the only way to solve this problem is not by shutting down the country but “by causing persons to practice and follow the protocols”.

At the time of posting this article, St. Lucia recorded its first two COVID-19-related deaths within 24 hours.

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