Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, has urged vigilance on the part of the public as Saint Lucia recorded 1, 187 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 14 days.
In a statement on Monday, Belmar-George said the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has noted a total of 7232 cases diagnosed in country from March 2020 to present and 97 deaths, with the daily infection rate for the past week being 61.4 per 100,000 per day and an average of 111.2 cases per day.
She disclosed that in relation to this new wave, from July 13, 2021 a total of 1,791 persons were positive.
“52% are in the age group 25-49 years. 58% of the cases are female. The majority of the cases are from Castries, Gros- Islet and Dennery. Based on contact tracing data, the majority of the cases diagnosed are related to social activities. To date from the positive cases diagnosed in country 1.66% have been fully vaccinated,” the CMO stated.
And Belmar-George explained that the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs is working to strengthen the public health system to continue managing the increased COVID-19 cases.
In this regard, she said that the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has expressed support in ensuring the necessary PPE, test kits and technical support are available in country.
However, the CMO noted that based on the long incubation period of the virus “we forecast that these numbers will continue until we note a reduction in the rate of increase by the next week.”
“The response last weekend was promising and we ask the public to work with us and exhibit responsible behavior to manage this fourth wave,” Belmar-George said.
Headline photo: Dr. Sharon Belmar-George (Stock image)