The Ministry of Health said the first cases of the COVID-19 Omicron Variant have been confirmed in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Three COVID-19 test samples were sent off for genomic sequencing to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and confirmed the existence of the variant.
“Two of the three samples returned positive for the omicron variant of concern.,” said the Chief Medical Officer Dr Hazel Laws during a special COVID-19 press briefing on December 30.
“When we look at the data pertaining to these two samples, the two cases, we have objective evidence that the Omicron variant is in circulation in the federation currently.”
The CMO also officially announced the start of the fourth wave of COVID-19 transmission in the Federation with Lambda and Omicron being the two variants in circulation.
In two weeks, St. Kitts and Nevis moved from 15 to 106 active cases.
According to health officials, Omicron is more transmissible than other variants but less severe than Delta which had a high mortality rate when it became the dominant strain globally.
Dr Laws urged those eligible to get the booster shot and emphasised the need for continued adherence to the non-pharmaceutical means of preventing spread.