Wednesday, August 17, 2022

COVID-19: MOH Concerned, Disappointed Over Weekend Breaches

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Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health has expressed concern and disappointment over weekend breaches of COVID-19 regulations reported by the police.

And Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George warned on Monday that the violations would increase COVID-19 transmission, lead to increased cases, compromise the plans for safe school re-opening, and other ‘return to normalcy activities’ for November 2021.

“We continue to ask the public to work with us and exhibit responsible behavior to manage this fourth wave,” Belmar-George stated.

She disclosed that from July 25, 2021, to the present, Saint Lucia recorded 6,699 COVID-19 cases at an average of 80 per day.

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According to the CMO, 50% are in the age group 25-49 years, and 57% of the cases are female.

“At present, we have 550 active cases in the country. The majority of the cases are from Castries, Gros- Islet, Vieux-Fort, and Babonneau. There are presently 33 COVID-19 patients admitted to the Respiratory Hospital; 7 are severely ill. The daily infection rate for the past week was 17 per 100,000 per day, which is a 39% decrease from the previous week,” Belmar-George observed.

She noted a steady decline in transmission with a present rate of 1.2. In addition, Belmar-GeorgeĀ  reported 146 COVID-19 deaths during that period – on average three deaths daily with a case fatality rate of 2.2%. She said Males account for 57% of the deaths.

She said the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Elderly Affairs notes a reduction in the transmission, hospitalisation , positivity, and prevalence rates.

As a result, the CMO said the Ministry forecasts the average resolution of this fourth COVID-19 wave by November 2021 if there are no major increases in risks for new transmission.

Headline photo: Pre-COVID traffic check (Stock image)

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