Health and Wellness Minister, Mary Isaac, has expressed thanks to citizens as Saint Lucia continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, declaring that her ministry is encouraged by the declining numbers.
“Over the last few weeks, we have seen a steady decline in our number of new COVID-19 cases, since the upsurge we saw in January and February,” Isaac said in a statement on Thursday.
She said this was due to citizen support for the ministry and the government in observing the protocols.
However, Isaac said the road has not been an easy one.
She recalled that the Command Centre, her ministry and the Government of Saint Lucia had to make some tough decisions.
Isaac said they involved putting strict protocols in place.
She made specific reference to a stricter curfew over the recent Easter weekend.
“We know that by our very nature we are a sociable people and that sacrifice over Easter was not an easy one,” the minister noted.
She observed that it has now been just over 14 days since the Easter period.
“Based on the observed declining trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the actions we took at that time to limit the spread of COVID-19 are paying off for our country,” Isaac asserted.
She disclosed that the goal is to get the nation’s active COVID-19 cases to under 50.
Nevertheless, she expressed the view that with citizen support, the number can come down even further.
Isaac said this will allow the authorities to reopen more sectors.