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Officials brace for COVID-19 third wave, urge extreme caution as Federation nears 1000 cases

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Health Officials expressed concern over the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases this past week in St. Kitts and Nevis. 

After gaining control of the second wave of the spread of COVID-19 in St. Kitts and Nevis, the country has been thrust into a third wave.

“August, the 24th will shared information that 47 persons were diagnosed with COVID-19 within that 24 hour period. On Monday, we shared information that 60 individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19 between Saturday night and Monday evening… the highest counts were last week Wednesday 34 new cases were announced last Wednesday. And yesterday, Tuesday, we announced 47 new cases. So as you can see, we are at the beginning of yet another wave of COVID-19,” shared Chief Medical Officer Dr Hazel Laws during the National Emergency Operations Center’s press briefing on August 25.

Nevis has an increased infection rate in the third wave, with 87 cases recorded, 52 in the past week.

A question was asked concerning the announcement of clusters in Nevis; however, Dr Laws could not give any specific information.

“In my presentation, I said that we have noted clusters of COVID-19 cases in St Kitts and in Nevis. Nevis, to date, the biggest cluster is affiliated with a company. And then there were other smaller clusters in Nevis. That’s all I would say in terms of my response to that question.”

Previously she mentioned clusters of cases impacting the football community, the Chinese community and the Spanish community on St. Kitts.

St. Kitts total case count stands at 842, with the cumulative number of cases for the Federation fast approaching 1000 cases.

The number of hospitalisations did drop to 4 from 6 the previous day, and so far, there are no hospitalisations on Nevis.

But 318 active cases are being monitored by officials.

How can these 318 people help their immune system fight this virus?

Dr Laws made these recommendations:

“I want to pause and share a brief word with the 318 active cases; I want to recommend the following actions. These actions can facilitate a speedy recovery. So we want you to ensure that you eat healthily, in terms of adequate fruits and vegetables, at least three servings per day… We wanted to maintain adequate hydration… You must rest. And yes, you’re in isolation at home or at a facility, but we want you to assign maybe two times per day; you exercise, you get up out of bed if you are an exercise, at least in place, you can do push-ups you can do upper body workout you could do stretches, etc. So we want you to exercise in place, along with taking your multivitamins and supplements; that’s vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc. These are just some examples of supplements that can facilitate a speedy recovery.”

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