Saint Lucia Records 19 New Cases Of The Delta Variant

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Press Release:-ย  As of December 19, 2021 Saint Lucia has diagnosed a total of 13,166 cases in country, with 88 active cases. The daily infection rate for the last 7 days is 3 per 100,000 population per day, with a 3-4% testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 0.8. We have noted a total of 290 COVID-19 deaths.

We have 9 positive cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, 1 case is critically ill and 1
severely ill.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs received notification from the Caribbean
Public Health Agency CARPHA of 19 new cases of the Delta Variant. All of the cases are nationals, 50% of them from the south eastern zone of the island. 11 of them are female, 8 male and the ages range from 1 to 59 years.

A total of 54 cases of the Alpha Variant and 51 cases of the Delta Variant have been diagnosed in country thus far.

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There is very high risk of the new variant Omicron being imported into the Caribbean region given its detection in a wide range of countries. At this point countries are advised to continue strengthening their national protocols that are already in place.

The Ministry of Health continues to send samples to CARPHA monthly as part of the surveillance system to detect the existence of Variants in country. CARPHA has the capacity to detect the Omicron Variant.

To date St. Lucia has not detected any Omicron Variants cases in country. Based on the information on Variants, we know that they can cause severe disease or, in particular
to the most vulnerable.

Our first line of defense must be prevention followed by control and reduced transmission measures. The effectiveness of the available vaccines suggests that the current vaccines remain effective against severe disease and death.

In an effort to reduce the impact of this new variant and COVID-19 in general specific interventions are necessary. These include prevention and control measures, public health and social measures. Vaccination and booster doses for those advised remains our most important measure at this point in reducing the health implications of this new variant.

We remind you of the following important measures: – Avoid large crowds and crowded areas

– Ensure the protocols are maintained at work places, on minibuses and commercial and tourism sector

– Use face mask when in public places

– Ensure you remain in quarantine or isolation if you were a direct contact of a case

– If you develop respiratory symptoms, seek medical care and avoid contact with others.

The Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available at the various wellness centers and advertised vaccination sites. These vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in protecting persons from developing COVID-19, its severe forms, complications, hospitalizations and death.

The booster Pfizer vaccine is also available for persons who have had both doses of the AstraZeneca for over 6 months.

Everyone who has not been vaccinated is urged to do so urgently.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. gasa wat really going on here??? i thought delta was long days history…..i thought was omicron dat run tings now……….wat kinda backwardness dat uh???

  2. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚here they go again. Ramp up these numbers so we can shutdown again for all the seasons to come๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. So why is it we don’t have our own lab testing for variants? How do we know the scientist/doctors in Trinidad are not lying?

    Smh. The earth will devour the world because humans have shown that they are not worthy to inherit either or.

    Stop with the fear porn. December 2022 is the end of the Covid act that y’all are hiding under, let’s see what happens next.

  3. Sending a mere 10 samples once per month from Saint Lucia to CARPHA is very inadequate step to find out or stay on top of Omicron in the island! You don’t have to be a genius to understand this. Omicron (and other variants to come) will continue to trample Saint Lucia for the foreseeable future. The powers that be are helpless to stop this onslaught.

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