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St Lucia struggles with fourth wave

Regional 18 Nov, 2021 Follow News

St Lucia needs to increase its vaccination programme

St Lucia has reached a slow rate of decline in Covid-19 cases, but an increase in social activities over the past few weeks is contributing to an increase in cases.

In an update report on the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs said since 25 July officials recorded 7,208 Covid-19 cases at an average of 69 cases daily.

A ministry report stated: “At present we have 309 active cases in country. The majority of the cases are from the Castries, Gros-Islet, Vieux-Fort and Babonneau districts. The daily infection rate for the past week was 11.5 per 100 000 per day which is a four per cent decrease from the previous week.”

“We note that we have reached a slow rate of decline at this point,” the ministry said, noting also that it is managing a Covid-19 outbreak at the Bordelais Correctional Facility – 27 inmates have been admitted to the Respiratory Hospital, with one in critical condition and seven severely ill.

The authorities said that they are making available free of charge, both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine.

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