BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — There are zero active cases of COVID-19 in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, according to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws, who spoke at the Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC) at the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) Press Briefing on Aug. 12.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws reported there are no COVID-19 cases in the Federation.

To date, there have been 17 positive cases with all now being recovered. Dr. Laws added that suspected cases and their contacts continue to be tested.

“We continue to test nationals who have returned from hot spots,” said Dr. Laws. To date we’ve tested more than 1,300 persons,” she said.

At present, there are 53 persons in quarantine. These are nationals who have returned to the Federation. In St. Kitts there are 24 and in Nevis there are 29.

Dr. Laws noted between April 24 and August 11, 163 nationals returned to the Federation. She said, based on the August 10 situation report from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the total number of confirmed cases within the Caribbean region stands at 129,039.

She said the good news is that the Caribbean is doing quite well. The total number of recoveries is 62,820. She said that the death toll in the Caribbean continues to be relatively low at 2,083.

“CARPHA’s situation report continues to state that the risk of further cases occurring within the Caribbean region remains very high,” said Dr. Laws. “The increase is due to countries that continue to accept nationals from overseas from hot spots.”