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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020. 12:25 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health announced yesterday that the country has had 100% recovery of COVID-19 patients.

According to the Coronavirus live tracker, there are now 2,693,742 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world with 188,148 deaths.

The data shows that 738,440 patients have recovered around the world.

Saint Lucian authorities informed that the 2 remaining cases were in isolation and received their negative COVID-19 test results and were discharged from the hospital.

Among the patients Saint Lucia had detected with the virus, were some high-risk patients but they too recovered without any complications or need for critical care.

The country says that it continues to conduct tests but it has modified its testing strategy by testing an increased number of samples from community respiratory clinics; to help in the assessment of COVID-19 locally.

The officials say that the country continues on its partial shutdown and a 10 hour curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

In detailing their response, the health authorities informed that large scale public health and social measures were implemented in an effort to break transmission of COVID-19 when in-country transmission was noted.

Some of the measures include school closure, national zoning to manage population movement, the closure of non-essential businesses, travel restrictions, the partial national shutdown and instituting a 24-hour curfew.

The authorities are still advising their residents against going to public places with flu-like symptoms including fever, coughing and sneezing.

When visiting the supermarket or public places refrain from touching items unless you intend to purchase them.

“We need to adopt behavior patterns moving forward in this new COVID-19 environment,” the ministry of health said.

The public was also encouraged to wear face masks and practice regular handwashing.

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