Sunday, 14th July 2024

COVID-19 protocols to remain unchanged in St Kitts and Nevis: Dr Hazel Laws

Given the growing number of cases worldwide, health officials in St Kitts and Nevis do not anticipate any changes in the COVID-19 protocols to the Federation at this time.

Sunday, 7th July 2024

COVID-19 protocols to remain unchanged in St Kitts and Nevis: Dr Hazel Laws
Given the growing number of cases worldwide, health officials in St Kitts and Nevis do not anticipate any changes in the COVID-19 protocols to the Federation at this time.

During a Cabinet Press Conference on June 29, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Hazel Laws, addressed the matter and stated that the decision-making process is based on scientific data.

"We welcomed 4,402 inbound flight travellers to the Federation between June 16 and June 26. The majority of these people—54 percent—were from the United States of America. If you look at the data there, you'll see that the Omicron [variant] subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are what's causing the COVID-19 cases to spike in the U.S, according to Dr Laws," said Hazel Laws.

She continued by saying that both Europe and the United Kingdom are experiencing an increase in cases. Dr Laws said that between June 27 and June 29, 2022, St Kitts and Nevis reported 100 cases of COVID-19 that were confirmed.

"Data and the most recent information have influenced our entry protocols; therefore, it is not prudent to change them at this moment. Before [any] consideration of reform, the most crucial thing to do is to stop the current wave of COVID-19 infections," continued CMO Laws.

The COVID entry regulations, according to Dr Cameron Wilkinson, Medical Chief of Staff at the Joseph N. France General Hospital, serve as a deterrent to the importation of the virus. Several doctors and nurses are currently suffering from COVID-19, he observed, and it is crucial to keep the number of patients under control to prevent the health system from becoming overburdened.

"When people talk about the United States relaxing its entry requirements and why St. Kitts can't do that, we need to take into account our local healthcare system and financial situation," Dr Wilkinson advised.

"We know from the guidance that we received from the World Health Organization (WHO) that they have clearly said that there is no one size fits all approach to this pandemic," he further added.