Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Cayman donates COVID-19 testing kits to Saint Lucia

(l-r) First Officer Brian Seales and Captain Frederick Whorms

(l-r) First Officer Brian Seales and Captain Frederick Whorms

When Saint Lucia's Ministry of Health recently conveyed a need to strengthen its testing capacity, Cayman responded by donating testing kits to the Caribbean island.

Saint Lucia's Ministry of Health recently indicated that it was concerned about a number of positive tests from the East coast of the island, indicating that it is continuing “to strengthen our surveillance in these areas and anticipate the detection of more cases as community testing increases."

In a gesture of mutual support, the Cayman Islands donated 5,000 tests to Saint Lucia, and received pipette tips in return.

On Saturday morning, a cargo flight departed Owen Roberts Airport, and pilots Captain Frederick Whorms and First Officer Brian Seales returned safely home to Cayman that evening with the COVID-19 test supplies from Saint Lucia.

The cargo flight was completed with Cayman Airways' Boeing 737-300 aircraft, VP-CAY.

Saint Lucia recently recorded its 18th case of coronavirus, a 51-year-old male with no travel history.

Cayman has been providing testing kits to a number of countries in the Caribbean, after receiving 200,000 kits from South Korea and opting to retain 100,000 for local use.

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