Saint Lucia Confirms Cases of Omicron Variant in Country

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Press Release (February 1, 2022) – The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has received the gene sequencing results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA. The results indicated 14 new cases of Variants of Concern. The Omicron Variant was confirmed in 13 of the samples sequenced and 1 case of the Delta Variant. Of the 13 cases of Omicron diagnosed 11 of them are nationals and 2 are non- nationals, 2 are male and 11 are female. The location of the Omicron cases includes Castries, Gros- Islet and Vieux-Fort the main communities affected during this wave.

Based on epidemiological patterns it appears that the Omicron Variant may be the dominant variant circulating during this 5th wave. This justifies the high rate of transmission within the communities and work places.

Since the commencement of the 5th wave on December 16, 2021 until January 30, 2022, 7,780 cases have been diagnosed with an average of 173 cases per day. Women account for 59% of the cases and 29 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded; 55% of which is male. Tourists account for 2% of the cases diagnosed for the past 7 days but 4.8% of the total cases during the 5th wave. We have 49 positive cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital and 6 are severely ill.

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This week we continue to register cases, the seven day average approximation indicates a downward trend in the epidemiological curve. We note reductions in most of the public health indicators. We continue to appeal to all organizations, public and private sector to ensure the strengthening of all public health protocols. The Ministry of Health will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. urll eh go finish with the covid ting mun all them big countries finish with dem covid mask ting yu cud see lucia back wards and rich getting richer the poor staying in the same position , so mean to tell me there is nothing such as a common flu in this country

  2. Instead of pjp and the minister of health take care of the people of st lucia put them first..but I see his behavior in the house shame shame shame on him..that’s not putting the people first

  3. But we the citizens know that before you guys informed us .
    We are not all daft as you all in authority believe.

  4. @g.w I don’t get your point there it can only take one non national to have that omicron spread like the wind. However i’m sure omicron was here already when the cases went up now they saying the cases went down wow, they just don’t want people to panic and blame the protocols. Even if we avoid large crowds it will still spread in schools and work places

  5. you see of course for those of yall that was saying is the “non nationals that brining in the virus and spreading it in the hotels, i am not saying that there are cases they have never brought it but the number of nationals outweighs the non national in infections and all non nationals complain about the amount of paper work they have to sign just for them to get to saint lucia and if anything is wrong or misleading they getting canceled cause our airports dont play so its you the nationals that doing something wrong , continue carrying on smartly by goin in fete in large crowds, look your minister wants to have a vaccine carnival this year although it has been proven that even if you are vaccinated you can still get the virus and also still die

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