by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): It has been one week since the start of the partial lockdown in the Federation.
The aim of the lockdown was to slow down or stop the spread of the coronavirus that has been present in the community and out of the confines of quarantine sites and isolation for the past four weeks.
What will the situation look like on June 26, when the Statutory Rules and Orders (SRO) 24 of 2021 are expected to expire?
Currently, St. Kitts and Nevis has now recorded 304 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as at Friday, June 19.
When looking at the trend of cases over the past week, the initial numbers showed a decline from the 25 and 32 reported cases on June 10 and 11 respectively.
Within the first two days of the lockdown, there was a noticeable drop to 13 cases on Saturday, June 12, and then nine cases the following day.
However, as people settled into the restrictions of the partial lockdown, the number gradually started to climb; 17, 18, 28 then to 25 as reported Friday, June 18.
There are now 233 active cases and as previously announced we recorded the first COVID-19 related death in 16 months since the first cases arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis.
According to the OECS COVID-19 dashboard, St. Kitts and Nevis ranks six out of 11 countries in case count per hundred thousand people.
In terms of active cases St. Kitts and Nevis ranked fourth with Guadeloupe standing at the top with the most cases; 17,288 cases, 14,773 active cases, 2,250 recovered, 265 deaths and on the lower end Montserrat with 20 cases total, 0 active cases, 19 recoveries, and 1 death.