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Officials Brace For Reopening of Borders

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): On the eve of the reopening of the country’s borders government officials are assuring the public that appropriate measures are in place to deal with an expected increase in COVID-19 cases.

Premier Mark Brantley at his press conference on Thursday (October 29) was asked whether the public would be allowed at hotels that are offering quarantine facilities.

“Remember I said that my understanding at this point is that local people will not be mingling with guests who are vacationing in place at any of the six hotels that are designated in the first phase for purposes of reopening.”

Will people in quarantine wear identifiers?

“In relation, to identification remember I said at the outset that you will be required to download an app, and part of that app I’m advised is geo-fencing…that is what I’m told so that the app will allow those administering it to track individuals in terms of their movements and to ensure that individuals are not breaching the quarantine restrictions. All of those hotel packages will as well have security to ensure that people do not migrate beyond the boundaries of the property that they are on,” Brantley responded.

The Premier also confirmed that guests will also be wearing a color-coded bracelet.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws recently stated that medical specialists had developed the St. Kitts and Nevis Clinical Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Moderate and Severe COVID-19 and procured Personal Protective Equipment and medication. Contact tracers have gone through extensive training according to Dr. Laws.

The Federation has recorded 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 19 recoveries as of Friday, October 30

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