Against the backdrop of a worrying spike in COVID-19 cases in Saint Lucia, Community Activist, Aaron Alexander, has declared that the situation is ‘definitely a cause for concern, but not panic.’
“We need to be honest with ourselves. Just like we expected a spike in numbers after the Christmas and New Year holidays, so too we expected a spike after the elections carnival campaign,” Alexander said in a statement on Thursday.
“The people have spoken with a loud voice,” he observed – an obvious reference to the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) landslide victory in the July 26, 2021 general elections.
In this regard, Alexander urged citizens to stop the blame game and start working together to support the SLP administration.
“We also know that the numbers will come down. It’s only been a month after the elections and that’s why we are seeing this spike. Don’t panic and stop the fear mongering. Let us continue to follow the safety protocols and of course, those who choose to – go ahead, get vaccinated. By all means, it’s your choice, but also respect the rights of others who choose not to,” he declared.
According to Alexander, COVID-19 is the enemy – not the vaccinated or the unvaccinated.
He spoke hours after the Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that Saint Lucia had recorded 115 new COVID-19 cases and two more COVID-19 related deaths.
The 115 new COVID-19 cases were processed at the Ezra Long Laboratory on Tuesday August 24, 2021 from a batch of 364 samples.
In the statement announcing the figures, the Ministry disclosed that the total number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in country was 7, 536.