Saint Lucians are still having mass gatherings at social events despite an alarming surge in new cases of COVID-19 and the recent announcement that this country has recorded three cases of the Delta Variant.
“I am advised that mass gatherings for social events are still taking place and the leadership of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force has reviewed the situation with a view to ensuring that the owners and organisers of these events, some of them very well known, desist,” Minister of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs, Moses Jn Baptiste, told a news conference on Thursday.
Jn Baptiste told reporters that the contact tracing information has demonstrated that most of the current COVID-19 cases have originated from ‘very large social gatherings’ mainly in the North of Saint Lucia – Gros Islet, Babonneau and Castries.
The Minister told reporters that the people affected are between the ages of 25 and 49.
Jn Baptiste said that conditions at the Victoria Respiratory Hospital are not acceptable and as a result, the government is working with officials at the medical facility to mobilise additional staff, improve the oxygen supply and medicines, install better communications equipment and attempt to ‘seamlessly’ connect the hospital to isolation operations in the field.
“We are working to fill the gaps,” he explained.
Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, also addressed the news conference, reiterating his administration’s commitment to ‘follow the science’ in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the issue of stricter protocols was raised, Pierre said he would not sit at the news conference and make a pronouncement without obtaining the full backing and information from ‘the science.’
“That is how we are going to be moving forward. If the science leads to stricter protocols, I’ll follow,” he stated
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