BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE death count related to COVID-19 has increased by one today (Sept. 1), after an unidentified person reportedly succumbed to the virus.
All of this comes against the backdrop of the growing number of cases being reported on a daily basis by the Ministry of Health. Last evening alone, there were some 30 cases reported over a 48-hour timespan.
In her comments at this afternoon NEOC Media briefing, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws confirmed the death, explaining that the individual suffered with underlying conditions
“It is with great regret that I say that we have one additional COVID-19-related death. On August 19th, a 59-year-old individual with underlying core morbidities died at home. The case was under police investigation and an autopsy was requested, “ the CMO revealed.
That autopsy revealed that the findings “were consistent with the COVID-19 disease”.
She reminded that the Federation is currently experiencing the second wave of the virus which has infected more than 1,000 people over a 4-month period.
Dr. Laws explained that the latest surge began in the middle of last month and has spread rapidly.
In providing updated statistics, the CMO said that between Sunday and Monday there were 38 confirmed cases of the virus reported and there were 30 confirmed last evening.
This brought the number of confirmed cases to 1,121, with St. Kitts being the epicenter with 969 and Nevis with 152.
There are currently 474 activities being monitored with 124 on Nevis and 350 in St. Kitts. Of that number there are 11 persons who are hospitalised, with four being on Nevis and a further seven on St. Kitts.
“We are currently experiencing cluster cases throughout St. Kitts and Nevis.” noted Dr. Laws.