St Lucia records 17 new COVID-19 cases

The Saint Lucia island has recorded seventeen new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia island has recorded seventeen new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness received the confirmation of these new cases from the Ezra Long Laboratory. These positive cases came from the batch of 258 samples taken on May 17 and 18.

These samples were further processed on 19 May 2021. As of now, there are a total of 236 active COVID-19 cases on St Lucia island.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness also informed that twenty-five individuals had been recovered from the COVID-19 deadly virus taking the total number of the recoveries in the nation to 4,631.

Till now, the island reported seventy-seven deaths amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 19 May 2021, 44,206 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given to the people. A total of 17,301 people have been fully vaccinated in Saint Lucia.

The island had received vaccines from the government of India under the Vaccine Maitri Initiative and via the COVAX facility. COVAX facility is a global initiative started by WHO, CEPI, UNICEF, PAHO and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi.

According to the statistics, globally, around 156 crore doses have been given, out of which a total of 36.9 crore people have been fully vaccinated.

If we look at the numbers globally, a total of 16.5 crore COVID-19 cases have been reported, and around 34.3 lakh people died due to the deadly virus.

Earlier, the prime minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet, decided to extend the state of emergency in the country till 16 October 2021 ahead of the general elections as to control the COVID-19 situation on the island.

He then stated that the state of emergency is the need of the hour, and it would work as a legislative tool to allow the government to impose a curfew system.