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St Kitts and Nevis enters “Stage of Community Spread”

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At Emergency NEOC COVID-19 press briefing. This was announced that St Kitts and Nevis had entered the stage of community spread of the COVID-19 virus. The health officials made this announcement.

Now the person can be infected with the virus with no travel history and with no contact history with an infected person, and when the virus starts infected the community at a high level, this stage has been noted as “Stage of community spread”.

Dr Cameron Wilkinson, Medical Chief of Staff at the Joseph N. France General Hospital, has given a statement that they were in a community spread like almost every other country across the face of the earth. That was no surprise; that has been inevitable. The warnings repeatedly showed that they could not remain COVID free and that the virus would return.

Dr Wilkinson also stated that they warned that despite their most stringent entry protocols, the virus would hitch a ride with someone and would get into their community. They urged them not to get complacent as the virus has been relentless in attack, and they individually and collectively needed to be determined in the ongoing fight. They were fortunate to have held it at bay for the long, as that gave them the time to prepare and protect themselves and the vulnerable among them.

The Medical Chief of Staff also said, “The majority have done what was needed to protect themselves, the children and the elderly and frail, such that we should not see an overwhelming of our health system. It is not too late for you who are not yet vaccinated to protect yourself. Tomorrow is the last day you can go and be guaranteed a first and second dose shot to be fully vaccinated from this current batch of vaccines before another batch arrives. Even after tomorrow, you can continue to come in and get your first shot as this will give you 76 % protection before you get your second dose.”

Dr Wilkinson said that vaccines are a precious commodity globally, and no one will go to waste. This vaccination process will continue until the last dose of the vaccine.