by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Well it didn’t work.
The two-week partial lockdown from June 12-June 26 that aimed to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 did not achieve the desired effect
For that period 236 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, averaging close to 17 cases a day forcing the government to adopt stricter measures announced by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, Friday night.
“Complete 24-hour lockdown from 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 27 to 5:00 a.m. Thursday, July 01. On Thursday and Friday, July 02, there will be a limited movement for limited operation of essential businesses from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a return to full 24- hour lockdown from 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 02 to Thursday, July 08. We will again have limited movement for essentials on Thursday, July 08, and Friday, July 09 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days and return to 24-hour lockdown on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July,” said Dr. Harris during his address to the nation.
These new measures resemble some of the restrictions from 2020, where persons were given a reprieve to restock supplies, visit the banks, and other essential services.
At that time though we did not have 313 active cases, three deaths, and the possibility of a more transmissible and deadly variant.
With the announcement of these new measures and almost a natural response at this point, WINN observed on Saturday morning (June 26) long lines at supermarkets, automatic teller machines (ATMs) and clinics as people gear up for the next two weeks.