Health authorities in St Lucia cleared all 18 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients on island on Wednesday, May 13.
This is the second time the country is declaring itself clear of cases of the virus that has killed more than 300 thousand people worldwide.
The island now joins Belize, Anguilla, Suriname and Saint-Barthélemy as the only Caribbean territories without active cases of the coronavirus.
“As of May 13, 2020 Saint Lucia has recorded a total of 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The last case has now recovered and been discharged from hospital. All eighteen cases are therefore fully recovered. The Ministry of Health received results for 52 samples and they were all negative,” Prime Minister Allan Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
“Although we are pleased to maintain a low transmission level of COVID-19 in country, we remind the public that we are still at risk and must remain vigilant as the threat continues. As we progress with the phased re-opening we must ensure that all protocols are adhered to,” he added.
St Lucia, alongside Saint-Barthélemy and Anguilla, remain few places in the world where all persons infected with COVID-19 have recovered, without a single death.
It’s the second time in less than a month St Lucia has cleared all affected patients having done so in April when the island had 15 cases, according to the local health ministry.