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Officials To Reevaluate Participation in CARICOM Bubble

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): While St. Kitts and Nevis has agreed to participate in a CARICOM Travel Bubble, recent developments in the countries identified as part of that group, have called for a reassessment of the plan.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws at a recent NEOC briefing said, “Antigua within the last 14 days has reported 13 newly confirmed cases, bringing its total to 124. Barbados reported 25 new cases within the past 14 days and St Lucia is reporting an increasing number of cases. I think their headcount within the last 14 days is 34 bringing their total yesterday to 73. News coming out of St Lucia this morning tells us that the Owen King European Union Hospital is experiencing some challenges. Three employees tested positive and their outpatient services have been suspended for the next two weeks only emergency services will be performed.

“The Ministry of Health here in St Kitts and the Health Emergency Operating Centers Committee continues to monitor the situation in these territories and we are really looking out for the evidence of community transmission of COVID-19. In essence, we are in the process of evaluating the risk of participating in the CARICOM Bubble”

After an assessment of COVID-19 cases in CARICOM states, officials agreed to establish criteria for a travel bubble. On September 11 a CARICOM Bubble was created with Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. St. Kitts and Nevis did not implement the measure and kept its border closed to commercial flights. Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines implemented the agreement but it’s unclear how many others complied. The Federation’s borders reopen on Saturday (Oct 31).

The country’s borders are reopening when there is a spike of COVID-19 cases in the source markets for the vital tourism industry – The USA and Europe.

 

 

 

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