(PRESS RELEASE) – Several employees of at least two government institutions have been quarantined, according to reliable sources, amidst reports that one or more persons have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Reliable sources have disclosed that employees at the St Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) and officers at Her Majesty’s Customs were quarantined.
On Wednesday of this week former prime minister the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas called on Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris to tell the truth and to be transparent on the state of affairs in the country on the coronavirus (COVID-19) matter.
Prime Minister Harris during an address to the nation, a press conference on Tuesday afternoon and a virtual political meeting in the studios of the government-owned ZIZ Broadcasting on Tuesday night, told the country: “Would you imagine that with over 170 countries, already infected with the virus, the smallest country in the world has so ably managed the preparedness that there has been not one case to date and all the tests on which we have relied have gone to the designated authority outside of St Kitts and Nevis and they have been determined to be negative.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Minister of State for Health, Sen the Hon Wendy Phipps informed the country that two persons were tested positive. She claimed the test results were received after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night.
“In order for us to face the truth, our government must tell us th truth. Our government must be open and transparent. We the citizens and residents must be kept informed about what steps our government is taking to protect us and save lives,” said Dr Douglas in a live FaceBook address from his party’s campaign headquarters.
He told viewers that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity virus that cares not about political affiliation or ethnicity, economic means, age or whether one is employed or unemployed.
On Thursday night, former prime minister and political leader of the opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), The Right Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas, called for a lock down of St Kitts and Nevis for as long as two weeks if the federation is to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading in communities following confirmation of two positive cases.
“I call on the government to do the right thing to contain this viral spread. I call on the government to halt it immediately by taking the inevitable action, even if it means locking down the country for a while. Whether it is for one week or two weeks, adequate notice should be given to the security forces, the citizens and the nation to lock down the country now, before we begin to see the tested positives develop symptoms and the symptomatic patients begin to race to the hospitals to seek care,” said Dr Douglas, who as prime minister was lead spokesman within CARICOM for health issues and successfully spearheaded the PANCAP programme on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.
A similar call for a lockdown also came from former Chief Medical Officer Dr Patrick Martin.