Some Saint Lucians are reported to be throwing caution to the winds, partying on even as health officials express concern over the number of COVID-19 infections in Saint Lucia.
According to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs, from July 25, 2021, this country has recorded a total of 2,583 infections – an average of 74 cases a day, with the majority of them being from Castries, Gros Islet, Babonneau and Dennery.
Fifty-one percent of the infections are in the age group 25-49 years and 59% of the cases are female. To date, from the positive cases diagnosed in country, 1.66% have been fully vaccinated.
Over the last 14 days, there were 5 COVID-19 deaths and 1,970 active cases in country.
Yet, despite the current COVID-19 situation in Saint Lucia, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George has disclosed that the response last weekend to observing the COVID-19 protocols was not encouraging.
According to her, the report from the enforcement agency included numerous curfew breaches, large mass crowd activities at bars, beaches and private parties.
” We continue to ask the public to work with us and exhibit responsible behavior to manage this fourth COVID-19 wave,” Belmar-George said in a statement on Monday.
She disclosed that the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs is working to strengthen the public health system to continue managing the increased cases.
” We continue to note high numbers as we test the contacts of cases. Also, based on the long incubation period of this virus we continue to test and isolate contacts,” Belmar-George noted.
The CMO disclosed that in the past week, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has continued collaboration with the Minibus Association aimed at discussing and strengthening collaborations and efforts to reduce the COVID-19 risk and to manage the spike in cases.
“We continue to note positive cases related to this sector. We advise that the minibus drivers carry 10 or less passengers per load and that everyone keeps their mask on during the journey. Also, regular sanitation after every trip. It is important that the transmission risk be minimized to all who uses this valuable service,” Belmar-George said.
She asserted that vaccination remains the most effective public health measure in managing infectious diseases and observed that both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine are available free of charge in country at the various wellness centers.
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