• Today
    March 31

  • 01:32 PM

Chastanet negative for COVID-19

CMC,

Added 18 March 2020

allan-chastanet

Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet. (FP)

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) after he had been experiencing a “mild cough following a recent travel history to Miami for medical attention” the  Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

It said that in an abundance of caution, Chastanet had opted to place himself into voluntary quarantine and that a sample was taken for testing by the relevant authorities.

“The sample was sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency. The result was received late on the same day, March 17, 2020 and it is negative for COVID-19. The Honourable Prime Minister has been informed of his results. He is in stable condition and good spirits,” the statement said.

The Ministry of Health said that prior to receiving the results, it had commenced the routine process of contact tracing and that “some of the close Prime Minister’s contacts also voluntarily placed themselves into quarantine as a precaution, while we awaited the results.

“Along with the result for the Honourable Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health also received other results for patients in isolation and they are all negative. We shall provide a comprehensive update in a statement to the media which shall be released later today by the Chief Medical Officer,” the statement said.

Prior to the announcement, Prime Minister Chastanet’s wife, Raquel DuBoulay-Chastanet, had taken to social media to indicate that he was “exhausted and needs a little rest”.

She said her husband may still report for work, though she is confident he will be ready for work sooner than later.

“Please everyone try to be safe and to protect those around us. Allen has asked me to thank all those who have reached out to us and to reassure everyone he will be up and around in no time. I know I will have a hard job keeping him home tomorrow but the CMO has offered to come and help me so I am in good hands. Good night all,” she added. (CMC)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Was the national curfew implemented too late?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM