BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to increase on a daily basis by double digits, which is raising concerns among many in the Federation.
In its report for Saturday that was presented yesterday (Sept. 26), the Ministry of Health had informed that the Federation recorded death number 11 from the virus.
Details have not yet been provided on the deceased, whether it was a male or female, and if that person was from St. Kitts or Nevis.
At the same time, there were 37 new cases of the virus reported in the latest dashboard information provided, which has taken the overall number of confirmed cases in the Federation to 1,872.
Of that number, 885 are said to be active and 976 deemed to have fully recovered from the virus.
Health officials however did not provide in this round of information how many of those cases are breakthrough infections.
Data showed that St. Kitts continues to be the epicenter of the virus with 1,541 of the 1,872 cases being reported on the island, while 33 were from Nevis.
All of this comes against the backdrop of health officials and those from the law enforcement community continuing to plead with citizens and residents to take the virus seriously.
Too often, the police have reported that people are seen in large gatherings in confirmed spaces without practicing the proper protocols such as social distancing or wearing face masks.
The latest appeal was made on Wednesday (Sept. 22) by Superintendent Cromwell Henry, who is a member of the National Covid-19 Committee.
The Police Force, through Henry, again appealed to citizens and residents to stay within the environs of their home during the hours of curfew to minimiase the spread of COVID-19.
But more people are now questioning the logic of having a nightly curfew when there are free movements throughout most of the business days.
Going at great lengths to explain the rationale, Superintendent Henry said curfews reduce the number of opportunities and activities where people could gather in groups and get them home with only members of their households.
“The purpose of curfews is to reduce disease transmission while not disrupting citizens' lives or instituting a full lockdown. Night curfews require people to stay at home in the late night and early morning hours, when people tend to participate in non-essential social gatherings that often result in less compliance with social distancing guidelines,” the officer explained.