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Posted: Thursday 10 September, 2020 at 7:52 AM

CDC rethinks SKN’s COVID-19 notice

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AFTER coming in for heavy criticism on the local front, the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) has removed St. Kitts and Nevis from its latest travel advisory for citizens and residents of the United States.


    In its latest advisory, the US-based institution placed the Federation in the No Travel Health Notice bracket of “low risk” destination for COVID-19 for travelers.


    The latest advisory, which was published yesterday (Sept. 8), saw fellow Caribbean territories Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Dominica, Montserrat, Saba, St. Lucia, and Sint Eustatius making the list.


    Following his critical rebuke of the first advisory, Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant welcomed the announcement.


    “The recent assessment by the CDC is a testament to the success of our ‘All of Society Approach’ to combating the threat of COVID-19. Citizens and residents of the Federation have adhered to the health and safety protocols established by medical experts, resulting in one of the lowest rates of infection in the Caribbean. Their commitment has helped us to achieve this milestone, which comes just as the Federation is preparing to reopen borders in the coming month.”


    The Federation recorded 17 confirmed cases, no deaths, and 100 percent recoveries.


    Any visitor to St. Kitts and Nevis must present a negative test certificate and will be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government facility before being released after a negative test. 


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