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Saint Lucia; The Nation With 100% COVID-19 Recovery Rate Records, All Patients are Discharged

The Eastern Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia has recorded a 100% COVID-19 recovery rate as authorities announced all 15 patients, who contracted the virus have recovered after treatment.

The announcement was made by the country’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, during a briefing on Wednesday.

“To date, all of the positive cases of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia have recovered, with the remaining two cases who were in isolation receiving negative COVID-19 results and have since been discharged from the hospital,” she said

“This now places Saint Lucia at the 100 percent recovery of all COVID-19 cases.”

Some of the patients who recovered include those who fell within the high risk category as a result of their age or underlying health condition. They also recovered without any setbacks or complications and did not require any critical care whatsoever.

Belmar-George, however, stressed that they are still conducting COVID-19 laboratory testing locally as well as with the support of the Caribbean Public Health Agency Laboratory.

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“Saint Lucia has modified its testing strategy by increasing the testing on the number of samples from the community respiratory clinics. This would assist us in the assessment of COVID-19 locally,” she said.

The island nation’s partial lockdown and 10-hour curfew, which is from 7 pm to 5 am, still holds.

The country, which recorded its fist coronavirus case on March 13, has not confirmed a new case in 11 consecutive days. Belmar-George, however, reiterated they are not going to let their guard down and stressed on the measures they are taking to break the spread of the virus.

“We remain at a very critical position in the implementation of the national response to the COVID-19 threat,” she said. “Large scale public health and social measures have been implemented in an effort to break the transmission of COVID-19 when in country transmission was noted. The country must note that many of these measures need to be sustained in an effort to achieve low COVID-19 levels in country.”

She continued: “Some of the measures that have been instituted include school closure, national zoning to manage population movement, the closure of non-essential businesses, travel restrictions, the partial national shutdown and the instituting of a 24-hour curfew.”

She also called on Saint Lucians to adhere to the recommended safety and virus prevention measures.

 

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