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Posted: Sunday 27 December, 2020 at 2:46 PM

Deep contact tracing underway following suspected quarantine breach

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - A male tourist could face the full brunt of the law in St. Kitts and Nevis after he fled a quarantine facility and made his way to the RLB International Airport, raising alarm about possible infections.


    The tourist reportedly fled his quarantine facility and took a taxi to the airport, where he was expected to board a flight out of the Federation.


    However, his escape bid failed as he was apprehended by police, forcing the Ministry of Health to undertake contact tracing for all those persons with whom he came into contact.


    Superintendent of Police and member of National COVID-19 Task Force, Cromwell Henry confirmed the breach and indicated that the individual was intercepted at the airport trying to board a US-bound flight.


    Henry told local station WINN FM that the necessary persons of the Task Force, including the CMO, were notified of the development and contact tracing is now being conducted.


    He noted that an investigation is underway to ascertain if the individual indeed breach protocols and, if that is the case, charges would be preferred against him.


    Under the current regulations, the individual could be fined up to $10,000 or six months in jail.


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