Castries South MP Doctor Ernest Hilaire says he does not think Saint Lucia should be comforted because the Island recently recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in 10 days.
Hilaire made the remarks during an interview with reporters outside parliament Tuesday.
“I think I will be satisfied when you can inform me of the amount of testing that is being done in the country,” he said.
“It’s easy to say that you are satisfied with 15 cases and how many have recovered, but can you tell me what amount of testing is being done?” Hilaire told reporters.
“I think all over the world – you watch television, you read, people tell you social distancing is very effective in reducing the spread, but the only way you can know if there is no spread taking place is if you do extensive testing,” the Castries South MP asserted.
“I would be a lot more comforted if you said to me ‘In the last ten days we did 3,000 tests throughout the country – we have tested all the frontline workers.’ I mean put it that way, you watch on television and you read that people have mild symptoms and they are at home. I mean, how do we know what’s happening and what’s not happening?”
“The only way we can know is if there is extensive testing in Saint Lucia and when I get statistics that tell me we have a reduction but we also have been doing so much testing in Saint Lucia and we are satisfied that we are getting back to normal,” Hilaire stated.