Health officials in Saint Lucia are concerned over a possible spike in cases of COVID-19 after Jounen Kweyol and Christmas because people are likely to let down their guard as they celebrate.
“We are at the end of October, and we know it’s Jounen Kweyo,” says National Epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Francois.
“We love our kweyol food, and while we do not have mass gatherings, we are concerned that, of course, there will be gatherings in communities, and that may trigger something,” Francois explained.
” We are also concerned about Christmas. We saw what happened last year, persons coming in – families coming in. It’s not Christmas if you don’t do house to house,” she told the HTS programme ‘Out Goes In’ on Tuesday.
The National Epidemiologist indicated that the concern is that there may be an increase in transmission of the virus during that period.
But for the time being, she noted that Saint Lucia was ‘heading towards a good place’ although the country is ‘not quite there yet.’
On Monday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George announced that the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Elderly Affairs had noted a reduction in the COVID-19 transmission, hospitalisation, positivity, and prevalence rates.
As a result, the Ministry has forecast the ‘average resolution’ of the current fourth wave by November 2021 if there are no significant increases in risks for new virus transmission.