ST. KITTS/NEVIS declares State of Emergency in light of COVID-19 Spike

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris

 BASSETERRE,  St. Kitts/Nevis, June 17, 2021 - His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP, LL.D, Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, has issued a proclamation dated June 15, 2021, declaring a State of Emergency in an effort to stem the tide of a new wave of rising COVID-19 infections brought about by community spread that has seen to date 244 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 180 active cases, 64 recovered cases, and zero deaths.

The Proclamation came into effect from 6 pm Tuesday 15th June, 2021, until 11:59 pm on Tuesday 6th July, 2021.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel LawsChief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel LawsChief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel Laws announced on the June 16 edition of the NEOC COVID-19 Press Briefing that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is currently monitoring 186 active cases of the COVID-19 virus with six persons currently hospitalized.

“At present, we have 186 active cases and we have 20 recoveries during this time period. During this period we have had a total of 13 hospitalizations, seven individuals have since been discharged, stable, and so at the present, we have six cases in the hospital and one, in particular, is experiencing moderate COVID-19 disease,” said Dr. Laws. “And so, the cadre of case managers are monitoring these 186 cases closely and we are trying our best to have all of them recover as has been our experience so far.”

 In an attempt to better protect the nation’s borders and people from the COVID-19 virus, the Team-Unity Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is considering the use of electronic bracelets to track persons who are placed in home quarantine.

Superintendent of Police, Cromwell HenrySuperintendent of Police, Cromwell HenryThis was stated by Superintendent of Police, Cromwell Henry, during his appearance at the National Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Briefing on June 16 in response to the question asked on whether the Federation has considered adopting Barbados’ policy on the use of electronic bracelets.

In Barbados, to make sure arriving travelers follow the latest COVID-19 protocols, officials are now requiring tourists in the mandatory quarantine programme to wear electronic monitoring bracelets.

Superintendent Henry said at this current time, provisions are made for this in the COVID-19 Act and that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is presently exploring these devices.

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