A three-year-old girl of Babonneau, a small region in St Lucia, has lost her life due to the viral infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 on February 8, 2022, and became the first pediatric COVID-19 death in the country.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Sharon Belmar-George, announced the death of the child on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, and mentioned that she was admitted to the Respiratory Hospital on January 27 and lost her life on February 8, 2022.
While informing about the status of COVID-19 among the children of St Lucia, the CMO underscored that the children who are below the age of 18 are contributing 10 to 13 percent in the cases of the novel coronavirus.
However, the cases were mild and recovered well, but the COVID-19 infection causes severe diseases such as chronic lung diseases, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, prematurity, and airway abnormality among the children, Belmar-George stressed.
Further, as many as 92 people have been exposed to the viral infection caused by the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours in St Lucia on February 15, 2022, as per the ministry of health and wellness of the country.
The number of the positive cases of the COVID-19 shares 27.63 percent of all samples related to the novel coronavirus have been processed on the day.
With the emergence of the new cases, the toll of the confirmed cases of the viral infection caused by the novel coronavirus has increased to 22,269.
Since the vaccination drive has started in St Lucia, a total of 51,868 people have recovered the required number of jabs against the COVID-19 pandemic and are fully immunised, on the other hand, as many as 5,791 people have received the first shot of the COVID-19 are recognised as partially vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Further, 267 people have succumbed to the COVId-19 viral infection so far in St Lucia.