SLP calls on government to give disclosure on COVID UK variant

The opposition party of Saint Lucia, SLP - The Saint Lucia Labour Party has once again called on the UWP Government to provide full disclosure on the prevalence of the UK variant of the COVID 19 Virus in the country.

Saint Lucia: The opposition party of Saint Lucia, SLP – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has once again called on the UWP Government to provide full disclosure on the prevalence of the UK variant of the COVID 19 Virus in the country.

At a Press Conference on Tuesday 18th May 2021, the country’s National Epidemiologist, in an answer to a question from a Journalist, disclosed that “we recently received confirmation of an additional seven cases of the UK variant.”

This comes five months after the announcement by the Chief Medical Officer – CMO in January that five cases of the UK Variant of the COVID 19 had been detected in St Lucia and after repeated calls by the SLP during that period, in Parliament and in public statements, for the government to tell the people the truth about the presence of the UK variant here. 

SLP added, “The government has, true to form, ignored these calls. The Saint Lucia Labour Party is therefore again requesting the government to provide answers to the following questions, the people need to know-

  •  How many cases of the UK variant of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in St Lucia since the initial 5 cases in December 2020?
  •  When were the additional seven cases detected?
  • How many of those additional seven cases were nationals and how many were non-nationals? If there are non-nationals, what are their countries of origin?
  • If non-nationals are among those that have been detected with the UK variant, what measures is the government putting in place to strengthen surveillance and detection of such cases at our borders since the CMO confirmed at the same Press Conference, that international tourism markets are the highest source of the virus for Saint Lucia.
  •  How many samples of COVID-19 have been sent to CARPHA for testing for the UK variant between January to May 2021?
  •  Is the current spike in COVID-19 cases due to the UK variant?
  • Is the CMO’s prognosis of a fourth wave of the COVID-19 virus in St Lucia due to the increased presence of the UK variant in the country?

Following the statements, SLP concluded that they hope and expect that the government would do its duty to the people of the nation and would urgently furnish these long-overdue answers.