Health Minister, Akilah Byron-Nisbett, of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis reported that the country recorded its first COVID-19 related death today.
The first COVID-19 death occurred around 12:14 p.m., according to Minister Byron-Nisbett.
“We wish to extend condolences to the family and loved ones of the dearly departed. We have repeatedly said that we are not immune to the ravages of COVID19 including severe disease and death,” Minister Byron-Nisbett stated.
St. Kitts and Nevis, a Caribbean country of just over forty-five thousand people, have been experiencing a rapid increase of COVID-19 infections within the past couple weeks.
Minister Byron-Nisbett reiterated to residents the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine stating that, “while we mourn the loss of our first citizen my trust is that it will serve as a wake up call for all.” She reminded residents that the vaccine will prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19 infection.
St. Kitts and Nevis has recorded 28 positive cases within the last 12 hours. A total of 26 cases are in the prison and 2 in in the community.
More Caribbean Update on COVID-19 in St. Kitts and Nevis soon.