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Weekly COVID-19 Update: SKN Nearing 2000 Cases

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): As of Friday, September 24, the health authorities of St. Kitts and Nevis are monitoring 855 active COVID-19 cases according to COVID-19 Situation Report No. 541.

So far, for September 19 – 24, a total of 161 cases have been confirmed, and no recorded deaths for the week.

Total cases recorded within the Federation stands at 1,845; 1,505 on St. Kitts and 330 on Nevis.

During the last COVID-19 press briefing hosted by the National Emergency Operations Center, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Hazel Laws, gave a breakdown of the demographics for the COVID-19 cases as of September 18.

“Based on the data, 51 percent of the cases are not vaccinated unvaccinated; 17.4 percent [are] fully vaccinated, and 8.2 percent [are] partially vaccinated. And so this disease remains a disease affecting mainly the unvaccinated. About 48 percent of the cases fall within the age range, 20 to 50 years. So again, the disease so far is mainly impacting the young persons in the workforce. However, the cases span the entire age range from childhood to over 60.”

Dr Laws also reported that 12 people were hospitalized because of the virus at the time of the briefing.

Twenty-six recoveries were reported for the period; 970 people have recovered from the virus.

Twenty-one days have passed for the recipients of the first shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which started on September 1, and thus administration of second doses has begun again.

For the week so far, 43 second doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered, and 360 first shots were given, making the total doses for the week 403.

The acceptance of the Pfizer vaccine remains low among 12 – 17-year-olds, with 7 percent of the target, 4,800, having received the first dose.

This is amid several schools partially or fully moving to online learning because of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 within the schools.

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