Saint Lucia has confirmed a total of 4,502 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date of which 4,327 of these cases have fully recovered. Currently, there is one critical patient in care and 97 active cases. The island has recorded a total of 73 COVID-19 related deaths to date.
The Ministry of Health continues the COVID-19 vaccination process on a daily basis across the island.
“At this point, we note a decrease in new cases diagnosed, reduced number of people with respiratory illness, reduced admissions at the Respiratory Hospital and reduced numbers accessing care at the clinics.”
On a global level, the new cases of COVID-19 have increased for the 8th consecutive week, with more than 5.2 million new cases reported in the last week. An 8% increase in deaths was also noted last week. The countries reporting the highest number of new cases include India, United States of America, Brazil, Turkey, and France.
On a regional level, we note many islands also managing new waves. Of particular concern is our neighbouring island of Martinique which registered 871 documented new cases in the last week with 3 different variants of concern circulating.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the global public health risk remains very high. This resurgence in the last four months is driven by the emergence of the SARS-CO-V 2 Variants of Concern and inconsistent use of public health and social measures.