Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Saint Lucia Records 451 New COVID-19 Cases

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Press Release:–  Today Wednesday January 19, 2022 the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs confirms a total of 451 new cases of COVID-19.

These samples were processed on Monday January 18, 2022 from a total of 975 samples of which 928 samples were from the Ezra Long Laboratory and 47 samples from the Laboratory Services and Consultations Limited.

These samples were collected from January 15, 2022 to January 18, 2022. This number of positive cases makes up 46.26% of all the samples processed on that date. These new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 18, 322.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 138 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the number of active cases in country to date to 3, 650. Currently, there are 35 positive cases of COVID-19 admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, of which two of them are severely ill.

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To date, a total of 50, 711 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Another 6, 046 are partially vaccinated and 5, 628 have received their booster shot.

Vaccination will resume tomorrow Thursday January 20, 2022 at the Vieux-Fort RC Parish Hall and the Monchy Wellness Centre from 9am to 4pm.

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

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  1. @eh bien boh: This is a fact. The US have realized this, and soon they plan to stop reporting cases, only hospitalizations and deaths

  2. The same exact thing happened last Xmas but the so called smarter government now in power is repeating the same mistakes.

  3. Based on those numbers and the rate of absenteeism among teacher one may conclude that only teachers are being affected with COVID.

  4. St Lucian people wake up. These vaccines are experimental they are not a cure. It will not stop you from having covid. These vaccines are made to kill people. It is sad to know black leaders of the world are involving their people in that scam. God Almighty has given you wisdom and understanding use it to look after yourselves, and stay away from crowded places.
    Read your bible and other history books which will tell you who you black people are. You are Hebrew Israelites the children of the Most High God Almighty.
    He sent you into slavery for 4 hundred years because your ancestors did not keep his commandments. God said in his words when you remember who you are and you repent and keep his commandments he will gather you back from the four corners of the earth where he sent you. He will become your KING and you as His people will live and reign for ever. Read the bible. It is you history book. The religions of the world will not tell you who you are. Because you are black they want you to remain their slaves to rule over you and to take everything you have and to do everything they can to kill you. Wake up and turn to Your God of Righteousness.. for He will have Mercy and Pardon for your sins. His will for you is to Keep His commandments as written in the bible. May the Power and Blessings of the Almighty be upon you as the whole world is going through this time of trouble.

  5. They must also stop those people who deal with the elderly from coming to their house or they must get vaccinated and time off before they get the job. one man in ok health just died after catching covid from one of them a month before. covid can cause delayed heart attack. the heart starts beating uncontrollably after a month or two catching the virus. plus breathing difficulties that never really go away. these people dont care. they just live their lives. but the elderly must be protected. they should only do that job if they are fully vaccinated, plus a month or so of recovery. this situation is harming the elderly.

  6. Don’t know why we expected not to be in this situation. A government relaxed protocols for them and their family and friends including the police commissioner to have non-stop fetes over the season. Tourist are given free reign and liberty in our country by Helair and the laziest teacher ever in St Lucia turn Minister thinks that all teachers are as lazy and uncaring as he was so schools must remain open even after the spread continues. Then a PM who warns young people to consume more FIG and make everything with FIG. Just now we will have the FIG Variant.

  7. The number of cases are not as important as the number of hospitalisations. Anyone can catch COVID, same way anyone catch the flu, or the cold, or coronavirus (which has been around for decades, it’s a cold). Also, the tests detects the cold and will show positive. The spike is normal for this time of year.

  8. It baffles me that we are surprised. What do we expect from a govt of such characters and being influenced by those who believe they are elite and can’t be touched. Once upon a time it was said that Chas was favouring the hoteliers etc. The hoteliers including Aziz criticised him because he was hvn them in check but now it’s there for all to see. Hotel, workers, their families, tourists are the main reason for this wave. No one is saying anything. The silence is deafening. NYC, SLTU, NPA, CSA Not a word not a word. Enjoy Lucians.

  9. Dear Medical and Dental Association,
    Can you please investigate physicians who are giving out sick leave certificates to well patients in the name of COVID-19. Such an unethical practice is adversely affecting our country. Thank you.

    Kind regards,
    Good Ethics

  10. @covid news. You have a valid point. Some well persons in questionable quarantine are issued three day sick leave, some seven days , some 10 days, some 20 days, some 30 days and the days continue.

  11. Physicians need to take extensive responsibility for the current state of our country related to COVID-19. Some are giving useless Sick leave or well leave. They do not consider what constitute direct a contact in relation to COVID-19. Remember all sick leave issued in the country are given by Physicians. Are all those COVID-19 related sick leave justified?

  12. This government is clueless they are non existent where ia the leadership and plan to tackle this surge. Peep and clowns where are you. Oh I forgot it’s the science and green banana

  13. Those who took that absurd decision to reopen face to face learning right after the festive season when numbers were already climbing are to be blamed for having so many teachers and students getting sick. I do hope now they will stop using this line ‘school is safest place for our children ‘ No! It’s not when we all know how quickly the common cold spreads in school so what did they expect of this highly infectious Omicron? I do hope the Ministry of Education has learnt its lesson, ‘stop making decisions for the educators in the classroom, ‘
    Listen to what the teachers are saying after all teachers are the practitioners in education, they know first hand what goes on in the classroom. IF teachers were included in the decision making then definitely there would have been no face to face learning in January, they would have informed the ministry to have virtual learning in January and hopefully transition to face to face as numbers reduce. Don’t underestimate the teachers , they are brilliant minds, hence reason you trust them to teach the nation’s children.

  14. @Who feels, it, know it, Let’s assign responsibility to everyone. Surely you must also see the numerous locals who are not wearing their masks properly, or the employees in the offices, restaurants and stores who aren’t wearing their masks at all, and are standing closely while talking/whispering to each other. Maybe where you live everyone is following the curfew and limiting their social gatherings at their homes as ascribed by the current COVID guidelines, but I see and hear my neighbors regularly breaching the protocols. The truth is that the MoH doesn’t even require a negative test at the end of quarantine/isolation to certify that a person has recovered from COVID. A person is automatically considered recovered after 10 days if they don’t get into a medically worse condition. They are then free to go back into the public without any confirmation if they are still carriers of active/infection levels of the virus. In addition, the MoH doesn’t do contact tracking for persons with a positive test result. I’ve had two persons who live in my attached apartment test positive on separate days in the past week, and I’ve not received a single call, text or email from the MoH.

  15. No doubt quite a number of teachers and schoolchildren are among the troubling numbers! The reopening of schools with face-to-face contact, which the authorities foolishly allowed at the beginning of this school term, allowed the schools become a perfect incubator and transmission point for the very contagious Omicron! How come the authorities didn’t see this one coming when so many ordinary Lucians were trying to tell them that it was madness to return to face-to-face classes while the Covid numbers were on the rise! Either politics or sheer ignorance obscured their thinking!

  16. I’m amazed at the spike because it’s not getting lower. I realize that there are no restrictions to tourists, because I see them roaming the streets without masks. The Ministry of Health needs to have a more proactive approach to strengthening of the protocols. The state of emergency should never have been removed. Presently this crisis is causing havoc in schools, businesses and in the society at large. This country need help.

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