Castries, St Lucia: The Ministry of Health and Wellness has confirmed the new variant of concern after receiving new gene sequencing results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency-CARPHA. The Ministry asserted that the new gene has the presence of both the Omicron BA1 and BA2 Lineages.
Update on the COVID-19 pandemic in St Lucia:
On April 17, 2022, St Lucia diagnosed 23,111 cases in the country, with 70 active cases. On the other hand, the country has reported 367 deaths due to COVID-19. The per-day infection rate for the last seven (7) days is 6.8 per 100,000 population per day, representing a 7 percent increase from the previous week, with an 11 percent average testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 1.2.
The government has noted a total of 367 deaths due to COVID-19. St Lucia has nine (9) positive COVID-19 cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, continuing to register cases daily this past week, and has noted increases in our public health indicators.
The Omicron Variant BA1, the mutant, has confirmed a total of 11 samples that have been sequenced, and out of these two cases were confirmed.
Out of the total two cases of the Omicron variant BAZ, one is a male who is a national from Anse La Raye; on the other hand, another one is a female who is non-national and belongs to Gros-Islet.
The Omicron BA2 variant has dominated the new waves witnessed in Barbados, Martinique and the developed countries. The Omicron Variant remains the dominant variant circulating globally and has replaced all other circulating variants in most countries.
There is a number of vaccines that are available at the various wellness centres in St Lucia. The name of the vaccines is Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Johnson and Johnson, and Moderna. The booster shot is available for persons who have been fully vaccinated for over six (6) months. The government urged everyone who has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated urgently.