Thursday 9 July, 2020

Minister Grant: St Kitts & Nevis ready to treat with coronavirus

The Honourable Lindsay Grant, Minister of Tourism St Kitts & Nevis.

The Honourable Lindsay Grant, Minister of Tourism St Kitts & Nevis.

The government of St Kitts and Nevis is on high alert, ready to treat with the Coronavirus should it reach their shores.

That’s according to Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant.

During an interview with Loop News, he said there was a scare just over a week ago, after news giant CNN reported that the Anthem of the Seas had berthed in St Kitts with a number of sick passengers, who were suspected of having the coronavirus.

“We were obviously disturbed about that because we were not alerted about it and so we called the Royal Caribbean directly and asked them for answers and an indication as to whether or not the article or news item from CNN was correct,” he said.

Minister Grant said tests conducted by the CDC ruled out the presence of the coronavirus on board the vessel and put to rest, fears that the people of St Kitts may have been exposed to the virus.

Meanwhile the Federations Minister of State with responsibility for Health, Senator Wendy Phipps said to date St Kitts and Nevis has not had cause to quarantine anyone as a result of the coronavirus.

She said to date  no one has come in with suspicious medical conditions or have answered question 17 on the immigration form in a way that requires health checks or further investigation.

She said quarantine sites have already been identified on both St Kitts and Nevis, however the location will not be disclosed to the public at this time.

 “What we do not want given the amount of international misinformation and in some cases hysteria that has surrounded reporting on the coronavirus evolution since it was first admitted to by the government of China, is for us to have a situation where people depending on where a site is to suddenly become anxious and figure well why would you put it in my community and not any place else. These are issues that could become unnecessarily volatile for our citizens and residents and we would prefer to deal with those emergencies when they come forward. At that point we will inform the public,” she said.

Senator Phipps said an inter-ministerial response team has been appointed and is working assiduously to protect the people of St Kitts and Nevis.

She said health personnel have been trained and are in place at all ports of entry to remove persons who are to be quarantined.

The Minister of State was speaking at the Prime Ministers monthly press briefing last Thursday.

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