he Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs continues surveillance of disease trends and provides the public with the following update.
On May 5 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 was no longer a public health emergency of international concern.
However, it still remains an ongoing public health issue as Saint Lucia continues to record confirmed cases of COVID-19 despite a generally low testing rate.
Currently, the dominant variant of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia is an omicron sub-variant called XBB.1.5. Over the last three weeks, we note increased numbers of persons with respiratory illness presenting at both public and private health facilities.