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St Lucia’s ministry of health calls for suspension of crowd events


St Lucia’s ministry of health calls for suspension of crowd events

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Castries – The Ministry of Health has called for the suspension of all mass crowd events scheduled for the long Emancipation holiday weekend  after confirmation came on Saturday of 29 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) from a batch of of 310 samples taken during the period July 28 to July 30.

In a statement, the ministry said the samples were processed on July 30.

As a result of the 29 new infections, the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date is 5 610, while the recovery of nine individuals has brought the number of active cases here to 139.

Two of the active cases require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.

Against the backdrop of the latest surge in COVID-19 infections, the Ministry of Health has reiterated its encouragement to members of the public to get vaccinated, noting that as of Friday, 32 291 individuals had received their first dose while 24 775 individuals have received the second dose.

Health officials have urged citizens to remain vigilant, stating that the country is at risk for the introduction of variants of concern.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health says every citizen should adopt behaviours and habits that can help to reduce exposure to the virus.