Saint Lucia records highest spike in COVID-19 cases for last 12 weeks

Saint Lucia recorded its highest daily spike in COVID-19 cases with 47 new virus cases on Friday, 7 May 2021. The Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of these new COVID-19 cases from the Ezra Long Laboratory.

St Lucia: Saint Lucia recorded its highest daily spike in COVID-19 cases with 47 new virus cases on Friday, 7 May 2021. The Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of these new COVID-19 cases from the Ezra Long Laboratory.

These new 47 COVID-19 positive results came from a group of 249 samples that were processed on 6 May 2021. This is the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases recorded on the island for the last 12 weeks. 63% of the patients are from the southwestern area of the country.

These individuals were seen at various respiratory clinics in areas where they were assessed and tested for the COVID-19 virus.

According to the COVID-19 protocols, each of them is placed in home quarantine by the healthcare officials awaiting receipt of their test results.
Further arrangements have been made to keep them in isolation.

On the other side, the Ministry also confirmed the recovery of 11 patients from the mutant taking the total number of active cases on the island to 136. Presently, all of the active cases are doing well. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in the country till date to 4,654.

It is a severe concern to the Ministry of health as St Lucia has recorded the highest no. of cases in a single day, and therefore, the essential public health systems are being strengthened to control the situation.

The Ministry of Health further warned the people and stated, “We are still in a helpless position based on the high risk of introducing COVID-19 and the alternatives of concern from the developed countries and neighbouring island- Martinique and transmission in the nation due to poor assent to COVID-19 protocols. We urge the people to remain alert, adhere to the COVID-19 protocols that are put in place to keep us all safe.”