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SLMDA APPEALS TO CHASTANET ADMIN TO SHUT BORDERS AMID COVID-19 SURGE

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The Chastanet Administration is facing increasing pressure to implement another island-wide shutdown to help slow the surging third wave spike in COVID-19 cases. The latest lockdown appeal comes from the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association. In a statement issued on January 28, the SLMDA led by president Dr. Merle Clarke says it’s time for the government’s COVID-19 policymakers to “…restrategize, regroup, reset.”

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Decreases in COVID 19 Cases Dependent on Public Action

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Efforts to navigate the fourth wave of COOVID 19 infections have borne seemingly positive results, with the officials of the Ministry of Health presenting downward trending figures capturing the infection transmission rate. However, challenges experienced by law enforcement and health authorities have placed in focus the precarious status of gains made, with concern expressed about the possible resurgence in cases.

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A $160K LUCELEC DONATION HAS RAMPED UP TESTING CAPCITY AT EZRA LONG LABORATORY

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The Ezra Long Laboratory, Saint Lucia’s primary testing facility for COVID-19, is again on the receiving end of a lucrative LUCELEC tranche to help boost testing capacity. The island’s sole electricity supplier handed off $160,000 to the lab as health authorities grapple with the fourth wave.

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NAT’L VACCINATION RATE REACHES 20% AFTER EIGHT MONTHS

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Saint Lucia is inching closer to the recommended population immunity target of 60%. After eight months since the first COVID-19 jabs were administered back in February, the Health Ministry has reported about 20% of the population are fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 infections. Health authorities are encouraged by the notable uptake in the local vaccination rate however; emerging COVID variants could undo that progress unless more people come out to take the jabs.

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