The United States Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 COVID-19 alert for Saint Lucia, asserting that there is a high level of the virus here.
According to the CDC, all non-essential travel to this country should be avoided.
The agency’s 4-level system categorises destinations, including international destinations and United States Territories, into four levels.
They are – Level 4: Very high level of COVID-19; Level 3: High level of COVID-19; Level 2: Moderate level of COVID-19 and Level 1: Low level of COVID-19.
The primary criteria for destinations with a population of 200,000 or less are: 1. COVID-19 case counts (cumulative new cases over the past 28 days) and 2. New case trajectory (Are new cases over the past 28 days increasing, decreasing, or stable?), the CDC says.
According to the US agency’s official website, travelers at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all travel to Saint Lucia.
“Travel may increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19, ” the advisory observed.
“If you must travel, talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, the CDC advised.
Saint Lucia as of Monday, was reporting that 259 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in country.
The total number of active cases is 126.