Jeudi 2 Avril, 2020

St Martin coronavirus patients doing well

(L-R) Head of CPS Eva Lista-de Weever, Prime Minister of St Maarten Silveria Jacobs, The Préfète Sylvie Foucher, Director of the territorial delegation, Brice Daverton and President of the collectivite of St Martin, Daniel Gibbs.

(L-R) Head of CPS Eva Lista-de Weever, Prime Minister of St Maarten Silveria Jacobs, The Préfète Sylvie Foucher, Director of the territorial delegation, Brice Daverton and President of the collectivite of St Martin, Daniel Gibbs.

The two confirmed coronavirus patients in French St Martin are said to be in good health and are showing no symptoms of the virus. 

Despite their current condition, the patients continue to remain in medical isolation on the French side of the island.  

St Martin’s Prefete Sylvie Foucher provided his update on March 2 during discussions with St Maarten’s Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs on developments surrounding covid-19 and its presence on the twin-island nation.  

It was restated that on the Dutch side, St Maarten has zero suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus.  

Noted during the meeting was the island’s position in the region as a hub for international traffic, with St Maarten and St Martin both sharing an open border.  

Discussions surrounded the hub function of the island and the international component entailing the travel restrictions and procedures at various ports of entry, which includes airports, harbours, and ferry terminals.  

St Maarten has since enhanced its sanitary practices for all frontline operations at all ports of entry and schools.  

Prime Minister Jacobs said: “A situation like this underlines the importance of good cooperation. This cooperation entails contacts and coordination on an operational level in many areas, sometimes daily, as well as strategic cooperation on a political level in our yearly quadripartite meeting. The subject of public health has only recently been added to the agenda of this Q meeting and I am planning to use the experience with this coronavirus and take this to our next Q meeting with the aim to continue this good cooperation.” 

The Collective Prevention Services in St Maarten says the general population should step up handwashing and cough/sneeze etiquettes in order to prevent getting the coronavirus.  

 

 

 

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