Saint Lucia on Saturday confirmed 8 new cases of COVID-19 from a total of 250 samples taken during the period July 13, 2021 to July 16, 2021 and processed on July 16, 2021.
A statement from the Ministry of Health and Wellness said all the individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19.
And in-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place the newly diagnosed individuals in isolation while contract tracing is undertaken.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has also announced confirmation of the recovery of 13 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 122.
Presently, one of the active cases is requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new patients bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 5470.
As of July 15, 2021 a total of 31, 581 individuals had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 23, 113 individuals have received the second dose.
On Monday, July 19, 2021 the COVID-19 vaccination drive will move to the Soufriere Hospital Grounds and the Vigie Sports Complex.
This drive will cater to the general population for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as individuals receiving the second dose.