Saint Lucia: On Friday, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs have confirmed 464 new cases of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia. The recent spike in the number of cases came after the samples taken from over 835 tests done on January 12 and 13 and had been processed at the Ezra Long Laboratory and Laboratory Services and Consultation Limited.
The number of positive cases makes up over 55.57% of all tests processed. In addition, the new cases have raised the tally of COVID-19 patients being diagnosed in-country to 16,969.
The Ministry further reports three (3) COVID-19 deaths, taking the overall graph of total deaths due to COVID-19 to 314.
The people who have recently succumbed to contagious mutants involve:
- A 91 years-old female who belongs to the Dennery district.
- A 90-year-old male who also belongs to the Dennery district.
- A 57-year old male from the Castries district.
Furthermore, while extending condolences to the bereaved families, the Ministry of Health said, ‘our condolences are with the families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19.’
In addition, the deaths took place from the period from January 7, 2022, to January 14, 2022.
Meanwhile, over 92 people have been recovered after getting a diagnosis with COVID-19. It brings the total number of active cases to 2,867. While, around 23 people have been recently admitted to Respiratory hospital, out of whom one(1) of the active cases is in critical care and four of them are severely ill.
Whereas the total number of 50,350 people comes under the category of fully vaccinated, and the number of partially vaccinated people is 6,095, and overall, 5,248 have received their booster shots.
While focusing on the number of vaccine receivers, the government authorities are asking people of the island to willingly come out and receive their vaccination and booster doses to ensure extra protection against contagious mutants.