St Lucia has recorded its first pediatric COVID-19 death.
A three-year-old female child with serious underlying medical conditions from Babonneau was admitted at the Respiratory Hospital on January 27, 2022, and passed away on February 8, 2022.
To date, cases below 18 years of age make up 10-13% of COVID-19 cases. These cases have been mild and have recovered well. The main risk factors for severe COVID-19 in children include chronic lung disease, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, prematurity and airway abnormality.
As of February 13, 2022, St Lucia has diagnosed a total of 22,121 cases in country, with 1,544 active cases currently.
The daily infection rate for the last 7 days is 28.1 per 100,000 population per day which represents a 55% reduction from last week, with a 37% average testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 1.6. There have been a total of 348 COVID-19 deaths.
Since the commencement of the 5th wave on December 16, 2021, 8,992 cases have been diagnosed with an average of 152 cases per day. Women account for 58% of the cases and 52 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded, 65% of which are male. (Loop News)