219 St Lucians to return home tomorrow

Two hundred and nineteen St Lucia cruise ship workers who were abroad will be returned to the island tomorrow, May 8.

The Department of Health and Wellness today said the residents will be received and placed in quarantine for 14 days as the country’s COVID-19 protocols require.

The 219 people were workers on the Carnival Glory and Caribbean Princess cruise ships who abroad when the country closed its borders on March 24 as part of its COVID-19 containment measures.

The ministry said the quarantine measure is necessary for those who are well, with no symptoms of ill-health, but who may have been exposed to a communicable disease.

“It restricts the movement of healthy people who may develop a disease after possible exposure to an infectious agent, in this context this agent can be COVID-19,” it said in a statement.

During quarantine, the individuals will be monitored by health care specialists. Temperature checks and an assessment of respiratory symptoms will be done routinely for the entire quarantine period.

Quarantine centres have been set up at hotels on the island to facilitate returning nationals through the repatriation process as well as any non-nationals that may arrive in country.