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12-year-old among new COVID cases in St Lucia


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12-year-old among new COVID cases in St Lucia

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CASTRIES, St Lucia – St Lucia recorded nine new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including a 12-year-old child, on Monday.

The Ministry of Health said that the new cases pushes the total of positive cases here to 63, with 36 being active.

It said five of the cases are female and four males with ages ranging from 12 to 55 years old. They are from the northern town of Gros-Islet, the capital, Castries and the southern city of Vieux Fort.

“All of the cases were placed in quarantine after testing while awaiting results. A link has been established for five of these cases to individuals who had been diagnosed with the virus. Investigations on the other four cases are ongoing to determine if they are linked to prior cases,” the ministry said.

It said that the new cases continue to be diagnosed and captured from a wider range of communities.

“This situation requires us to constantly stick with the behaviours that can keep us at low risk. We need to keep ourselves on alert particularly when we are in places where we are comfortable and where we have frequent contact like our work places.”

The Ministry of Health said it was also taking this opportunity to encourage “all to look out for one another”, adding “let’s encourage each other to act responsibly to reduce our exposure to the virus.

“Anyone with respiratory symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat should not be at work or in any public place. It is important that people who are unwell seek care promptly at the closest Community Respiratory Clinic.” (CMC)