BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - OVER the last 24 hours, the Federation has recorded 25 new cases of COVID-19 and health officials have flagged the gaming industry as one of the sources of the outbreak.
While appearing on the “Leadership Matters” programme, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws announced that the Federation had recorded 19 cases, while at the end of yesterday (June 8) there were six additional cases.
“These 25 cases bring the total of COVID-19 confirmed cases to 119, with 105 cases for St. Kitts and 14 cases for Nevis,” the CMO said.
Thus far, 53 persons are said to have recovered from the virus and four persons are hospitalised.
Dr. Laws emphasised that contrary to reports circulating via social media, the Federation has not recorded any death from the virus.
“Ladies and gentlemen, all four patients are stable. There are no COVID-19 related deaths, there are no COVID-19 related deaths.”
The latest diagnosis has brought the number of active cases to 66 in the Federation, all of which are on St. Kitts.
Information from the Ministry of Health indicated that of the latest cases, one was an individual from the Dominican Republic and another from the Tyrell Williams Primary School.
“One case in particular is also responsible for transmitting the virus to nine contacts. Such case is referred to as a superspreader,” explained Dr. Laws.
The CMO further stated that a significant number of the recent cases were involved in the gaming sector and approximately seven entities have been impacted.