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CONFIRMED: Large beach parties, Boatrides, Bars and private parties among top areas of Transmission

The Ministry of Health reports that as of January 15, 2022 Saint Lucia has diagnosed a total of 17, 222 cases in country, with 3,280 active cases presently.

The daily infection rate for the last 7 days is 171.6 per 100,000 population per day, with a 36% testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 3.3. We have noted a total of 314 COVID-19 deaths. We have 29 positive cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, 2 are severely ill.

Since the commencement of the 5 th wave on December 16, 2021, 4,092 cases have been diagnosed with an average of 136 cases per day. Women account for 59% of the cases and 18 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded. Tourists account for 2% of the cases diagnosed during the last 7 days. The prevalence increase is noted mainly in Gros-Islet, Babonneau, Dennery and Castries.

“We note the highest COVID-19 mortality rate for the 5 th wave in Dennery District. We continue to note increases in most of the public health indicators over the last 7 days, the transmission rate, test positivity rate, increased active cases as we manage the 5 th wave in country.”

Data collected from contact tracing interviews revealed the top areas of transmission include large beach parties and boat rides, public bars, and private parties and events and large family gatherings. The second term has begun for our school children, we continue to ask all stakeholders to contribute in ensuring a safe environment for the students, principals, teachers and ancillary staff.

They reminded bus drivers to ensure that all recommended measures are implemented.

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