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Numerous COVID-19 outbreaks Emanate from Local Bars

A statement from the Ministry of Health has reminded Saint Lucians that we are not in any way out of the woods yet in the battle against COVID-19. The statement, urged adherence to protocols in light of increased social activities, especially on the weekend.

According to the Ministry of Health, over the last 14 days, a total of 185 new cases were noted and we have 188 active cases in the country. The majority of the cases were seen in the southern region of the island and Babonneau and Gros-Islet in the north.

“We continue to manage numerous outbreaks emanating from local bars. The Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to support and collaborate with the Ministry of Education in the safe reopening of schools and is pleased with the progress for the last month. The school administration and teachers are encouraged to continue working with the students to ensure a safe educational environment is maintained at all times.”

This continued diagnosis of cases noted is of concern to the Ministry of Health and Wellness as they continue to strengthen the necessary public health systems to manage at this point.

“The Ministry of Health alerts the public that we are still in a vulnerable position based on the high risk of introduction of COVID-19 and the Variants of Concern from the developed countries and neighboring Martinique and transmission in-country due to inconsistent compliance to protocols. We note the increase in social activities across the island especially on weekends and the general relaxation of the public health measures.”

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