Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health has urged the suspension of all mass crowd events scheduled for ‘the long weekend’, after confirmation on Saturday of 29 new cases of COVID-19 from a batch of of 310 samples taken during the period July 28, 2021 to July 30, 2021.
The samples were processed on July 30, 2021, according to a ministry statement.
As a result of the 29 new infections, the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date is 5610, while the recovery of nine individuals has brought the number of active cases here to 139.
Two of the active cases require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
Against the backdrop of the latest surge in COVID-19 infections, the Ministry of Health has reiterated its encouragement to members of the public to get vaccinated, noting that as of Friday, 32, 291 individuals had received their first dose while 24,775 individuals have received the second dose.
Health officials have urged citizens to remain vigilant because this country is at risk for the introduction of variants of concern.
In this regard, the Ministry of Health says every citizen should adopt behaviours and habits that can help to reduce exposure to the virus.