COVID-19: St Kitts and Nevis goes into lockdown for 14-days

St Kitts and Nevis to get 2 field hospitals to tackle COVID-19 pandemic
St Kitts and Nevis to get 2 field hospitals to tackle COVID-19 pandemic

St Kitts and Nevis is to go into lockdown for 14 days starting 6 pm on Saturday, June 12, as COVID-19 cases mount. Prime Minister Timothy Harris made the during a national broadcast. The new restrictions are implemented till June 26, 2021. 

All public servants will be required to work remotely, except as directed by the Cabinet Secretary. All gaming establishments will be closed during the lockdown, and there will be “absolutely no mass events.” 

Prime Minister stated that the beaches are to be used for exercise only, and there will be no street vending during the two weeks. In-person dining will also be prohibited at restaurants during the period, but take-out and delivery services will be permitted.

Prime Minister Harris announced a curfew between 6 pm and 5 am each day during the lockdown as he urged people to stay at home. He said the lockdown is being implemented to break the cycle of coronavirus transmission.

The twin-island nation recorded 36 additional positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number to 155 confirmed cases to date since the virus appeared in late March 2020.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Hazel Laws, stated during an emergency meeting that positive COVID-19 cases continue to grow. CMO told the public that the country reported 11 cases on Wednesday, with an additional 23 on Thursday. 

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris stated that the rapidly growing COVID-19 cases are a deep concern to his government, and all necessary steps are being undertaken to control the spread of the contagious disease.

He advised that all essential businesses and offices can continue their operations by enabling their workers to work remotely from home using virtual methods unless those workers are allowed to work under a special exemption or are designated as being essential workers. 

PM Harris noted that all health workers are operating round the clock to handle the medical crisis.