THERE ARE CURRENTLY 125 ACTIVE CASES.
Today Friday April 2, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 8 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory. This is from a batch of 262 samples taken during on March 31, 2021 and April 1, 2021. These samples were processed on April 1, 2021.
These individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receiptof their test results. Arrangements have since been made to place these individualsin isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 5individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 125. Presently, two of the active cases require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4273.
As of March 31, 2021 a total of 22, 554 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID- 19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health reminds the public that the COVID-19 vaccination drive for Phases 1A and 1B will continue next week in various communities on scheduled days.Everyone interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time via the online platform, https://hmi.govt.lc/, or at the Community Wellness Centre nearest to you.
Let us all continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
– Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
– Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
– Maintain a physical distance from others
– Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
– Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
– If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.