St Kitts-Nevis records first cases of coronavirus

St Kitts and Nevis, the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country not to have recorded a case of the coronavirus in recent days, Wednesday announced two cases as a result of the patients having recently travelled to the United States and urged nationals not to panic or be fearful.

Health Minister, Wendy Phipps, said the cases were confirmed late on Tuesday night and that the patients, a 57 year-old female and a 21 year- male, both had a recent travel history to the US.

She said both individuals are nationals of the twin island Federation who had returned here on March 18 and were tested two days later.

They have been in quarantine since their arrival, Phipps said, adding that among the measures now underway is in-depth contact tracing.

“We wish to remind the public want to remind the public that the infection of both patients is travel related, meaning that the cases of COVID-19 were imported into the country. Every effort is now being taken to prevent the possibility of community or local transmission,” the health minister said.

She said that among the key measures now being taken include in-depth contact tracing “in an effort to correctly assess the persons with whom both patients would have interacted” as well as quarantine and monitoring of the contacts of the patients in order to ensure they are handled in keeping with World Health Organization (WHO) approved protocols.

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