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Posted: Thursday 19 August, 2021 at 3:51 PM

Delta Variant present as positive cases jump

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - DESPITE the tremendous efforts by health officials to put a lid on the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus in the Federation, alarm bells are being rung as case numbers are on the rise.


    Data from the St. Kitts Health Promotion Unit point to 34 new cases reported last evening (Aug. 18), 27 on the day before and 26 were detected on Monday. 


    Health officials have suggested that there has been a sense of relaxation from citizens and residents since the strict measures that were recently imposed on both St. Kitts and Nevis have been lifted.


    “We continue to report daily positive cases and are beginning to see the daily number climb again as complacency sets in,” noted Medical Chief-of-Staff Dr. Cameron Wilkinson while speaking on television Tuesday evening (Aug. 17).


    Many people are still seen either maskless or not properly wearing their face coverings while out in the public domain, and it is proving a challenge for health officials and law enforcement personnel.


    Many of the confirmed cases were picked up through contact tracing from social gatherings and those held by the Early Childhood Center.


    “We had 13 new positive cases on Saturday, 24 on Monday and 27 today. On this occasion, the number of confirmed cases have increased on both St. Kitts and Nevis, with the latter reporting 19 new cases last evening alone,” Dr. Wilkinson said.


    He opined that it highlighted that the surge is seen when people continue to let their guards down when it comes to dealing with the pandemic.


    “The analysis of the data in the current wave from May 19 to August 3 shows that of the 558 positive cases during that period, 81.5 percent of the cases were in persons under the age of 50,” disclosed Wilkinson.


    Further, data showed that 23.8 percent were in the 0-19 age range and 42.9 percent were in the 20-39 age group.


    Nevis is also seeing a spike, with that island last evening reporting 19 new cases. 


    That spike has prompted Premier Mark Brantley to remind people that the vaccines are there to assist and provide a level of protection. 


    The Premier noted that he was informed that there could be a very high number of reported cases coming out of the island and an entire business establishment had to be tested.


    Health officials confirmed that an inbound traveller was tested positive for the Delta Variant, and that person has since recovered and left the Federation.


    Currently, there are 149 active cases in the Federation and the total number of confirmed positives stand at 742, with 590 fully recovered. 


    A breakdown shows that 698 were reported on St. Kitts and 44 on Nevis, with three deaths recorded.


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