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CMO to Saint Lucians: Prevent Further Spikes Before Festive Season

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs continues to manage the fourth wave in country. From July 25, 2021 to present, we note 7,380 cases at an average of 62 cases per day.

In the management of the fourth wave, we have also carried out over 35,000 tests. Fifty percent of the diagnosed cases are in the age group 25-49 years and 57% of the cases are female. At present we have 140 active cases in country. The majority of the cases are from the Castries, Gros Islet, Vieux Fort and Babonneau districts. At present, 17 COVID-19 patients are admitted to the Respiratory Hospital, one in critical condition and six are severely ill.

The daily infection rate for the past week was 5 per 100,000 per day which is a 36% decrease from the previous week. We note that the present rate of transmission is 0.85.

During that period we noted 182 COVID-19 deaths out of a total of 272 COVID-19 deaths, with a case fatality rate of 2.5%. Males account for 53% of the deaths.

As indicated earlier, we have at present 140 active cases in country, this is still above the required threshold indicator of 100 or less cases targeted especially before the high risk festive season. Over the last 3 weeks, we note the increase in social activities and large crowd activities such us night clubs and large parties contributing to increased cases.

We need to prevent further spikes before and during the festive season. We continue to ask the public to cooperate with us and exhibit responsible behavior to ensure our recorded COVID-19 numbers remain low.

We remind you of the following important measures:

– Avoid large crowds and crowded areas

– Ensure the protocols are maintained at work places, on minibuses and when shopping

– Use face mask when in public places

– Ensure you remain in quarantine or isolation if you were a direct contact of a case

– If you develop respiratory symptoms, seek medical care and avoid contact with others.

The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are available at the various wellness centers and advertised sites. These vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in protecting persons from developing COVID-19, its severe forms, complications, hospitalizations and death. The booster Pfizer vaccine is also available for persons who have had both doses of the AstraZeneca for over six months. Parents are encouraged to vaccinate their children from 12 years and older.

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