Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Saint Lucia Records 20 New Delta Variant Cases, As CMO Warns Of Omicron Risk

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Saint Lucia has recorded twenty new cases of the Delta Variant comprising 14 locals and six visitors.

On Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George said that notification came from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

She disclosed that most local cases are from Anse La Raye and Dennery.

And Belmar-George said the total number of 20 new Delta Variant cases comprises 13 females and seven males ranging in age from three months to 77 years.

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With the latest confirmations, Saint Lucia has now recorded 71 cases of the Delta Variant in addition to 54 cases of the Alpha Variant.

Local authorities are concerned about the impact of a fifth COVID-19 wave and Belmar-George asserted that Saint Lucia is at high risk for Omicron.

The CMO revealed that as of December 26, 2021, Saint Lucia had diagnosed 13,319 COVID-19 cases with 204 active cases presently.

She pointed out that the daily infection rate for the last seven days was 11.6 per 100,000 population per day, with a 7% testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 1.9.

“We have noted a total of 292 COVID-19 deaths. We have 18 positive cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, two cases are critically ill, and two are severely ill,” the CMO said.

In addition, she noted increases in most of the public health indicators over the last seven days.

“The transmission rate, test positivity rate, increased active cases, and the epidemiological wave depict the upward trajectory of the start of the 5th wave,” Belmar-George observed.

“December is our highest risk month for COVID-19 transmission. We understand the COVID-19 fatigue experienced by the population at this time and the nature of the festive season. However, it is imperative at this point that we reduce the level of social activities and ensure compliance to all the public health measures. Health and safety must be our priority,” the CMO  said.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I think action is needed now. Too much talk about the prediction of a 5th wave, presently it’s here. We need more stringent measures in place to curtail this virus. It’s obvious Omicron is already here long time. Tourists all over the place with no masks, ppl don’t care , large crowd events. The ministry of health needs to take a stand. Maybe a lockdown is needed or earlier confinement hours. If something is not done the virus will spread uncontrollably.

  2. Don’t blame the us. Blame the returning nationals and visitors and blame yourselves for allowing this to happen. We were fine weeks ago now may flights per week, hotels occupancy high, government officials boasting about flight capacity and new flights for the Christmas holidays ad now Covid infection rate goes up. Stiffer protocols should be placed at the borders and hotels. Guess they are not doing a good job following the protocols and allowing the virus to escape, thus carrying it to their homes. Sa ki fete fete.

  3. Just announce it and get it over with the Omicron is here long time nobody will be suprise ……not me for sure when you see the behavior of St Lucian’s this past weekend especially by the Beach. Some people call it “fear mongering” because of their fear this time around they won’t escape vax or no vax it don’t care. I spoke to people over the Christmas in the States who caught it and recovering from it and it threw them down and they are vaccinated.

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