BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus on in the twin-island Federation has increased after another tourists tested positive for the deadly virus and is now quarantined.
The tourist, who arrived on January 6, had the sample returned positive the following day and was been placed in isolation.
A statement from the Ministry of Health explained that as of January 7, St. Kitts and Nevis confirmed one additional case of the Coronavirus disease. The international traveller landed in the Federation on January 6, 2021 from the United States of America (USA).
The Ministry noted that the patient has been in quarantine at one of the COVID-19 certified hotels since arrival in the Federation, was duly notified and is in isolation.
“This additional case brings the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases to 34 with 22 cases for St. Kitts and 12 cases for Nevis. Please note that 31 cases have fully recovered with zero deaths. There are now three (3) active cases. These patients are stable and are being monitored,” the Ministry added.
The Federation has seen a steady increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 through tourists arriving from the United States.
There has been no community spread of the virus on the islands, but residents are being encouraged to ensure that they continue to engage in the safety protocols, such as wearing masks while out in public, social distancing and washing hands frequently.
“More and more persons are adhering to the COVID-19 prevention and control measures which include wearing a face mask when in public places, maintaining good hand hygiene, maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet from others when in public places and avoiding crowds and events. These control measures work, and we are encouraging you to continue,” the Ministry added.
Meanwhile, health officials are working to contact trace all persons case number 34 came into contact to ensure that they are screen and monitored.