Since the commencement of the fifth COVID-19 wave in Saint Lucia on December 16, the Island has diagnosed 4,092 infections with an average of 136 cases per day, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George has disclosed.
In a statement on Monday, Belmar-George said women account for 59% of the cases, and 18 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded.
In addition, she disclosed that tourists account for 2% of the cases during the last seven days.
“ The prevalence increase is noted mainly in Gros-Islet, Babonneau, Dennery and Castries. We note the highest COVID-19 mortality rate for the 5th wave in Dennery District. We continue to note increases in most of the public health indicators over the last 7 days, the transmission rate, test positivity rate, increased active cases as we manage the 5th wave in country,” the CMO noted.
She said data from contact tracing interviews revealed the top transmission areas include:
- Large beach parties and boat rides.
- Public bars.
- Private parties and events.
- Large family gatherings.
In addition, the CMO observed that the second term has commenced for school children.
“We continue to ask all stakeholders to contribute in ensuring a safe environment for the students, principals, teachers and ancillary staff. Bus drivers are reminded to ensure that all recommended measures are implemented,” Belmar George stated.
Her complete statement appears below: