Today Saturday, January 9, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of forty-three new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in-country to 438.
One of the cases is a non-national. Case #422 is a 43-year-old male. He was placed in quarantine pending receipt of test results. He has since been placed in isolation.
The other forty-two cases are Saint Lucian nationals ranging in age from 14 years to 64 years. They are from the Dennery, Castries, Gros-Islet, Micoud, Anse La Raye, Choiseul, Babonneau and Laborie districts.
They were seen at a community respiratory clinic, where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. The majority of the cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. While awaiting receipt of their test results, they were placed in quarantine by a health practitioner. Epidemiological links have been established for thirty of these cases so far. Investigations are on-going by the contact tracing team to determine the possible existence of links for the other twelve cases. Arrangements have been made to place these individuals into isolation.
The Ministry of Health also reported a total of five recoveries for today, January 9, 2021. This brings the total number of active cases presently in-country to 119.