BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - ANOTHER tourist to the Federation has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and has been placed in isolation, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 33.
The positive result for the tourist who entered the Federation on December 27 was returned on Friday (Jan. 1), according to the Ministry of Health.
In a media statement sent yesterday, the Ministry of Health explained that the tourist is from the United States of America and as usual has been in quarantine at one of the COVID-19 certified hotels since arrival in the Federation.
That patient was duly notified and is in isolation.
The Federation has one of the lowest infection rates across the region with only 33 confirmed cases, with St. Kitts recording 22 and Nevis 11.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are only two active cases with the remainder recovering.
The Ministry noted that the patients are all stable and are being monitored.
Meanwhile, the Ministry is undertaking strict measures to minimise the spread of the virus through local means, including in-depth contact tracing to effectively assess the persons with whom the recently diagnosed cases would have interacted; and quarantine, monitoring and testing of contacts as indicated.
Health officials are reminding residents to practice the safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus: wearing a face mask when in public places, maintaining good hand hygiene, maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from others when in public places, and avoiding crowds and events.
“We need to continue doing what is absolutely critical if we are to beat this virus,” the Ministry advised.