Latest available data suggests ‘strongly’ that public transportation and social activities, including activities at entertainment establishments and bars, are ‘still feeding’ the spread of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia, Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs Minister, Moses Jn Baptiste has disclosed.
“These activities were more widespread during last weekend and more pressure was placed on our first responders who themselves are suffering from a shortage of staff due to COVID-19 related health issues,” Jn Baptiste said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Vieux Fort North MP observed that Saint Lucia is still seeing the effects of the fourth COVID-19 wave.
At the time he spoke, he indicated that over the past 14 days, 1, 606 new cases were noted and there were 1, 928 active cases in country.
“We have noted 6 COVID-19 deaths over the last 14 day period,” the Minister stated.
As a result, Jn Baptiste stated that the Government is currently reviewing the protocols for bars and restaurants and therefore additional protocols for them starting on Friday September 3, 2021 will be announced soon.
“Discussions will be held with the affected sectors to find ways of cushioning the impact of these measures,” he disclosed.