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Posted: Monday 7 June, 2021 at 9:21 PM

Federation reports 11 new cases; two in serious condition

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, ST. Kitts - THE Federation has recorded an additional 11 cases of the Coronavirus within the last 48 hours and two persons are said to be in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit.


    Reports surfaced earlier today (June 7) about two individuals battling for their lives after recently contracting the COVID-19.


    In an address to the nation at the NEOC media briefing, Minister of Health Akilah Byron-Nisbett confirmed that the two individuals are currently “very ill and hospitalised”.


    The Federation has thus far recorded 94 confirmed cases of the virus and, according to the Minister, over the last 48 hours there were 11 cases reported. 


    She also announced that of the 94 cases, 53 persons have fully recovered.


    “Since the community outbreak on May 19, there have been a total of 49 cases, including eight additional cases on Saturday and three on Sunday,” Minister Byron-Nisbett announced. “These findings of these positive cases and their isolation is a testament to the success of our contact tracing.”


    The Minister said that of the recently announced 49 reported cases of the virus, 41 are still active and eight have recovered.


    Despite the outbreak, the Federation has been able to keep its positivity rate below the five percent threshold outlined by the World Health Organisation. 


    Minister Nisbett told the nation that St. Kitts and Nevis has a 1.19 percent positivity rate, which reflects the number of tests carried out ;against the number of confirmed results.
    Meanwhile, the Minister confirmed that five business establishments were closed as health officials continue with their contact tracing efforts.
    She noted that the majority of confirmed cases were either not vaccinated or would have only received one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine.


    “I can’t reiterate more, the vaccine is our best defence against COVID 19 and it significantly reduces our risk of getting infected,” noted Nisbett.


    Meanwhile, following Minister Byron-Nisbett address to the nation, this publication learned through the Ministry of Health that it was not two, but four individuals who are hospitalised.


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