BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE Federation continues to record an uptick in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, as health officials in St. Kitts reported five new cases late Friday evening (June 4).
In an update, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws disclosed that within the last 24 hours there were five additional cases recorded, all of whom are nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The five individuals had taken the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 83 with 69 on St. Kitts and 14 on Nevis.
The individuals are in isolation and are being monitored.
Currently, 51 cases have fully recovered with zero death and 32 active cases are on St. Kitts.
“The Ministry of Health continues its robust contact tracing exercise which began on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, and we will update you as the situation unfolds. We will broaden our web of contact tracing and testing to identify all possible contacts. The aim is to break the chains of transmission of the COVID-19 virus and contain this cluster of cases. The Ministry of Health wishes to assure the public that all measures are being taken to restrict the spread of Coronavirus,” Dr. Laws said in a media statement.
With the numbers increasing, health officials are urging all residents to follow the necessary protocols to minimise their chances to catch the virus, including “wearing a face mask, maintaining good hand hygiene, maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet from others when in public places and avoiding crowds and events”.
“These non-pharmaceutical measures work and we are encouraging everyone to comply with them, especially at this time. We remind you that the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine is our main tool in fighting this virus and we urge you to come forward and get vaccinated. By getting vaccinated you are not only protecting yourself but those who cannot be vaccinated such as all of our school children,” the statement added.
As the numbers increase, reports have surfaced that at least two private sector entities have closed their establishments to the public after their staff either contracted the virus or some of the persons were deemed close contacts of persons who had tested positive for COVID-19.