St Lucia denies entry to cruise ship as passengers showed signs of respiratory infection

St Lucia denied entry to the Aida Aperla cruise ship on Saturday morning as concerns about the coronavirus increases.

The 3,300-passenger capacity ship was scheduled to dock at Point Seraphine Port at 7:30 a.m. but was denied entry as several passengers reportedly showed signs of “upper respiratory tract infection”.

“Some people were suffering from upper respiratory tract infection and it (ship) was not allowed to come to port.”

— St Lucia’s Health Minister Mary Isaac

St Lucia’s Health Minister Mary Isaac confirmed the matter. In an online interview, she said: “There was no suspected case (of the coronavirus). What we know is that some people were suffering from upper respiratory tract infection and it was not allowed to come to port.”

“As we speak it (ship) is moving away from St Lucia, so there is no threat of it coming from the port or anyone disembarking that ship,” Isaac added.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global emergency on Thursday.