St. Kitts and Nevis has confirmed its first two cases of novel coronavirus, turning into the ultimate nation within the Americas to take action.
Minister of Health Wendy Phipps notified residents of the nation, which includes two adjoining islands bordering the Caribbean Sea, in a televised assertion on Wednesday.
During the deal with, Phipps famous that two residents, a 57-year-old lady and 21-year-old man who examined constructive for COVID-19, had not too long ago traveled to New York, in keeping with The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer. The people have reportedly self-quarantined since their return dwelling final week, however further measures to stop additional unfold—like nationwide college closures—have been implement.
In a press launch responding to Phipps’ announcement, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris suggested the general public to not panic, citing the nation’s preparedness to thwart additional growth of the virus.
“There is no need to worry,” he wrote. “The family of two who returned to St. Kitts from the USA just a few days ago, has already been isolated and are being taken care of by our Medical Professionals. The extensive protocols and measures, such as tracing any possible contact they may have had, which were put in place, are being followed so as to contain any local or community spread and to protect you, our people.”
News of St. Kitts and Nevis’ COVID-19 circumstances adopted a sequence of restrictions enacted by its authorities officers earlier this week, because the pandemic continued to unfurl throughout North, Central and South America. Most not too long ago, neighboring nations Belize and Dominica reported their first constructive circumstances, per a Tuesday briefing from the World Health Organization.
On Monday, Harris tightened worldwide journey restrictions, telling potential guests from coronavirus-stricken areas that they might be “refused entry unless an exceptional case for entry is made.” An further assertion by the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service utilized stricter laws to non-nationals nonetheless permitted entrance, who should adjust to a 14-day quarantine mandate at designated authorities websites. Citizens coming back from any vacation spot at the moment are anticipated to endure intensive COVID-19 screening processes upon home arrival as effectively.
The newest knowledge from Johns Hopkins University indicated that greater than 520,000 coronavirus infections have been recognized worldwide for the reason that sickness was first recognized. Initially found in Wuhan, the capital metropolis of China’s Hubei province, COVID-19 now exists in 175 nations. Upwards of 23,500 deaths have occurred because of this, whereas a minimum of 120,000 people have recovered.