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NEOC Officials Urge Citizens To Continue Observing Health Protocols

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The National Emergency Management Agency (NEOC) continues to warn residents to get used to wearing masks and to maintain physical distancing as a part of everyday life especially when visiting restaurants and bars. The Federation has recorded 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 15 recovered cases. The last confirmed COVID-19 case- a health care worker- was announced on Friday.

Police Superintendent Cromwell Henry while addressing COVID-19 safety concerns at a recent NEOC press briefing said “Life as we know it has changed and we will have to adjust to the new normal. We cannot wait until there is an outbreak to begin to adjust our habits, it will be too late then we have to begin now.”

The Superintendent also announced that bars and restaurants on the popular Frigate Bay Strip are now allowed to close at 11:00 pm on weekends and 10:30 pm on weekdays. The midnight to 5 am curfew remains in effect.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws also repeated the advice offered by health officials. She urged persons to continue to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, to wear face masks in public, and to maintain a distance of three feet away from individuals.

She also reported that 60 returning nationals are being quarantined in government-designated sites, 32 in St Kitts and 28 in Nevis.

While some are returning others want to leave and there are protocols required for doing so.

Outbound passengers are required to provide the approval document for departure from the Chief Executive Officer of SCASPA, and evidence of the requirement for the COVID-19 test from the destination the passenger is travelling to must be sent via email to the Director of Community Health Services, Keisha Liddie. The public health team will then schedule the passenger to take the molecular PCR test.

According to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank(ECCB) as of 9 am Friday, the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, had recorded 196 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 173 recovered cases.

Antigua and Barbuda has recorded the highest number of cases 73 with 57 recoveries and four deaths since the pandemic began.

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