PM: No Need for Panic Shopping, Federation has Adequate Food Supply

Cargo ship docked at St. Kitts' Deep Water Port with containers of food and other essential items.
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The government of St. Kitts and Nevis advised citizens and residents there is no need for “panic shopping,” in light of Tuesday’s confirmation that the Federation recorded its first two cases of the COVID-19 disease (Novel Coronavirus).

“I want to assure you that St. Kitts and Nevis has an adequate supply of food at this time. Our suppliers have all indicated that their stocks can last for almost two months and that their cargo ships are coming on a weekly basis. Just this week, for example, wholesalers and retailers have received supplies on King Ocean, Tropical and Crowley shipping lines, among others. And they all confirm that supplies of protein, of vegetables and other products are adequate,” Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, said while delivering brief remarks to the nation Wednesday.

Shortly after the confirmed cases were announced, there was an unusual upsurge in shopping across the country.

By the end of the week, a total of 123 shipping containers will have arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis via various shipping agencies, it was noted.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, there were still only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“Let me reiterate that there is no need for panic and to assure all our citizens that everything is being done to mitigate any impact that we might have, and of course to protect you, our people,” Prime Minister Harris said.

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