Robust contact tracing continues to break the web of cases

By MyVue News.com Staff Reporter

Basseterre, Monday, 7th June 2021, (MyVue News.com)-St. Kitts & Nevis is moving closer to 100 COVID-19 cases, with more patients being identified through an aggressive contact tracing initiative that was mainly sparked when case number 46 was identified on Wednesday, 19th May 2021.

The country has recorded 38 new cases in just 19 days. In contrast, it took almost 14 months, between late March 2020 to May 2021,  to record the initial 45 cases.

On Friday, 4th June 2021, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, CMO, revealed that five (5) new cases had been confirmed, pushing the overall total to 83.

Thirty-two, (32), of these cases, are active. The remaining 51 have recovered.

Then on Monday, 7th June, the COVID-19 Task Force alerted the public that another special press briefing has been called for 5:00 p.m.

Such announcements of special media briefings are usually accompanied by further announcements of new cases. The population will therefore be eagerly awaiting the news coming out of today’s press conference.

Though the curfew that was imposed two weeks ago has been extended, and schools have were closed for the balance of the term, many of the suspected cases resulted from the quarantine of hundreds of citizens, including school children and teachers, are being returned as negative.

The last five cases, however, have caused health officials to broaden their web of contact tracing, as the cluster of cases spread through the community.

“These new cases are nationals and are referred to as Case # 79 through to Case # 83. The individuals are in isolation and are being monitored,” said the CMO.

“The aim is to break the chains of transmission of the COVID-19 virus and contain this cluster of cases. The Ministry of Health wishes to assure the public that all measures are being taken to restrict the spread of coronavirus,” the statement added.

The health officials again reminded that the AstraZeneca / Oxford COVID-19 vaccine is the main tool in fighting the virus and they urge citizens to step forward and get vaccinated.

“By getting vaccinated you are not only protecting yourself but those who cannot be vaccinated such as all of our school children,” said the CMO release.

Featured Image courtesy, CDC, USA.

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