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Dr. Wilkinson: “stop focusing on the overall positive numbers”

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by Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): “We are going to have to stop focusing on the overall positive numbers and move forward making sure our hospitalization and deaths remain low through vaccination and the use of the non-pharmaceutical measures,” said Dr. Cameron Wilkinson, the Medical Chief of Staff at the J.N. France General Hospital. 

Dr. Wilkinson’s comment came during a COVID-19 Press Briefing on Friday, January 07, 2022. 

 “We started the fourth wave on December 24. We, as of yesterday [Jan. 06], had 930 active cases,” he said. Dr. Wilkinson added: “During that period, we have had 146 recoveries so far in this fourth wave recording a total of 63 recoveries just yesterday [Jan. 06], 26 and 24 the two previous days and we are currently testing 102 persons for recovery today [Jan. 07].”

Nine people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. Eight at the J.N. France General Hospital and one at the Alexandra Hospital. 

Dr. Wilkinson said “the patients who are hospitalized are, for the most part, stable and we are not seeing the severe respiratory problems that we experienced in the previous waves.

With our high population threshold of immunity, it is highly unlikely that hospitalization numbers and deaths will ever rise to the level seen in the previous waves. Data from countries that have been experiencing the fourth wave suggest that the unvaccinated are hospitalized at a much higher rate than the vaccinated,” he added. 

St. Kitts and Nevis has recorded a total of 3,904 cases of COVID-19. A total of 3,297 were reported on St. Kitts and 607 for Nevis. The number of people recovered stands at 2,946 and deaths remain at 28. 

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