Press Release:- Today Thursday April 8, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 17 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory.
This is from a batch of 176 samples taken during the period April 4, 2021 to April 7, 2021.
These samples were processed on April 8, 2021.
All of these individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were
assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals in isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 18 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19
bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 118.
Presently, one of the active cases is requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4329.
Today the Ministry of Health reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total number
of deaths in country to 64.
Death #64 is a 92 year old male from the Gros-Islet district with underlying medical illnesses who passed away while in care.
The Ministry of Health expresses condolences to the family and loved ones of this gentleman.
As of yesterday April 7, 2021 a total of 22, 935 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Everyone interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time via the online platform https://hmi.govt.lc/ or at the Community Wellness Centre nearest to you.
Let us all adopt behaviors and continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
– Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
– Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
– Maintain a physical distance from others
– Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled
– Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
– If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new
information becomes available.