St Lucia: Ministry of Health, St Lucia has confirmed the 41 new cases of COVID-19 on 14th January 2021.
With this Island total number of coronavirus cases reaches 543.
Health Ministry notified that all new cases are of St Lucia residents and age between 5 years to 84. They are from the Castries, Vieux-Fort, Babonneau, Dennery, Anse La Raye, Micoud, and Gros-Islet districts.
All newly test individuals were seen at a community respiratory clinic, where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19.
They were placed in quarantine by health practitioners pending the receipt of their test results.
At present, the contact tracing team is trying inquiries as it relates to those cases.
The Ministry of Health also listed two recoveries for today, January 14, 2021.
There are currently 216 active cases, with one of them requiring critical care and the other mobile cases are stable.
The Ministry of Health urges the public that the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases recently coincides with the increased risk of spread of the virus during the Christmas season.
The new numbers reflect the reduction in adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, inclusive of close social interactions in the festive season, which increased the risk of exposure to the virus.
On January 14, 2021, is precisely fourteen days since the New Year celebration, which also marks the fulfillment of a full incubation period for the virus, which health officials have been monitoring from the start of this year.
The Ministry anticipated capturing increased cases of COVID-19 at this point due to the increased risk of exposure that happened during the recent New Year festivities.
A health official said, “We cannot allow reducing our vigilance as this provides a more significant opportunity for the further spread of the virus.”
He added,” Given our current trend in increased cases being confirmed in the country, we again remind everyone that it is crucial to maintain to practicing infection prevention and control measures to reduce the virus’s spread.”