First death reported in SKN due to COVID mutant

The Health Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis island - Akilah Byron-Nisbett, announced on June 17 2021, that the island had reported its first death due to the novel coronavirus.

Saint Kitts and Nevis: The Health Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis island – Akilah Byron-Nisbett, announced on June 17 2021, that the island had reported its first death due to the novel coronavirus.

The minister made the announcement during a joint press conference with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Security.

The health minister further extended condolences to the deceased’s family members and called this a wake-up call for everyone.

Minister Nisbett reminded the citizens of SKN that the twin island is yet not fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 mutant and added that “The COVID-19 virus continues to threaten every area of society.”

Following the statement, she urged people to follow the COVID-19 health protocols. She urged citizens to take their jab of the vaccine while emphasizing the importance of the coronavirus vaccine.

“We have said that in addition to the adoption of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, that is, wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, our best protection against this highly contagious and deadly virus is the vaccine,” the health minister stated.

According to the statistics, on June 17 2021, the island has recorded thirty-five new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of the novel coronavirus to 279, out of which a total of 70 patients recovered from the deadly virus.

The government of St Kitts and Nevis has declared a state of emergency amid the community spread of the novel coronavirus. The SOE would be in effect till July 6 2021.

As per the statistics, till June 17 2021, a total of 32.4 per cent of the population of sister-islands have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated now. At the same time, 66.9 per cent of the SKN population has received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine.