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Posted: Wednesday 29 September, 2021 at 8:01 PM

COVID-19 deaths slowly ticking upward

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- THE Federation recorded another COVID-19-related death yesterday (Sept. 28) and the number of confirmed cases of the virus is almost at 2,000.


    In its latest dashboard, published today, the Ministry of Health reported one death and 27 new cases as of last evening, bringing the total number of fatalities to 13. 


    This came one day after the 12th fatality  was reported hours before Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris addressed reporters.


    In his speech on the topic, the Prime Minister expressed condolences to the family of the deceased, pointing out that his Government has sought to give the people of St. Kitts and Nevis all the necessary tools to fight against the virus, such as the two available vaccine options


    Currently, 75 percent of the target adult population has thus far received one dose of either the AstraZeneca or the Pfizer jab, with a further 66 percent receiving their second dose, thus being described as fully inoculated.


    Additionally, 7.2 percent of children have so far been vaccinated with one shot of the Pfizer. And Dr. Harris credits the high inoculation rate to having an informed populace that understands the importance of being vaccinated against the virus.


    “We need all hands on deck in this fight; too much is at stake! The quality of our lives and the security of our livelihoods depend on it,” Dr. Harris said. 


    He acknowledged that the Federation and its people could not remain in a bubble, noting that “this country has to open up fully at some point to business, to students, to tourists, to investors”.


    But even as the number of vaccinated people continue to slowly tick upwards, there still remains a level of hesitancy among a section of the populace. 


    Meanwhile, people are being urged to take the virus seriously and continue to practice the necessary protocols while out in public. 


    The number of confirmed cases stands at 1,918, of which 915 are active and 990 deemed to have recovered.


    According to the Ministry of Health, 1,585 were recorded on St. Kitts and 333 on Nevis.


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