COVID-19 deaths continue to rise

By MyVue Staff Reporter

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Tuesday, 5th October, 2021, (MyVue families in St. Kitts and Nevis are now beginning to feel the full weight of COVID-19, with the death rate continuing to rise.

Though authorities have remained silent, providing little details about the victims, communities across the country have been facing the harsh reality of knowing that the loved ones being buried, are victims of this deadly disease.

Most of the victims have been said to be unvaccinated persons.

The twin-island nation managed the first year,(2020), of the crisis without any fatalities, but that changed in the summer of this year, (2021) when three deaths were recorded.

This low rate continued up to the end of August, after which the country began to experience a spiral in September. The loss of life has continued in October.

This means that in September and October, 13 additional deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 16.  

The latest case was reported on Monday, 4th October.

The Situation Report from 4th October, also showed that the number of active cases moved to 1,045, while the overall count of confirmed cases is now 2,073, with 36 new cases registered on Monday.

With this change in fortune, health officials continue to urge citizens to protect themselves by getting vaccinated, but while some 76% of adults have had at least their first dose and 68% rolling up their sleeves for the second jab, there remains a call for others to step forward, with the hope of achieving at least 80 percent vaccine coverage.

Part of the strategy to increase the number of inoculated citizens is to offer the vaccine to school children.

That campaign has gotten off to a slow but optimistic start, with 9.1% taking the first dose and 3.5 having a second dosage. The aim is to vaccinate up to 4,800 children between the ages of 12-17.

Since the national vaccination drive was kicked off earlier this year, some 48,420 doses have been administered, with 22,620 of those being second doses.

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