Declaring that Saint Lucia is trending in the wrong direction amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed concern about the availability of hospital beds for patients.
“We have always focused on the beds we have in the ICU unit as being our limitation and we know that on average, 5 percent of the persons who become infected could end up being critically ill and end up in the ICU,” he observed on Friday.
“ We have another problem in the number of people who are in isolation because we have them as being high risk and those who now have been tested positive, the number of beds we are going to require or space we are going to require is quickly exceeding our amount,” the PM noted.
He told a nationally televised briefing Friday to update the country on the COVID-19 situation that Saint Lucia may be in a position very soon to have persons who have tested positive remain at their home.
But Chastanet indicated it was not something that the authorities want to rely on.
He explained that it is important for the health and safety of the nation that persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 be in ‘administered isolation.’
Chastanet lamented that Saint Lucia has found itself in its current situation because people are not adhering to the COVID-19 protocols.