Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 30, 2020 (ZIZ News): Members of the COVID-19 Task Force gathered at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to update the general public on several initiatives that will help to curtail the spread of COVID-19 at a report briefing on Monday.
Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force, Abdias Samuel said that as of Monday March 30, 2020 the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) has been activated through advice given to the mitigation council minister and recommendation and approval from Prime Minister Dr. Hon Timothy Harris.
Director of the NEOC, Claricia Langlely-Stephens said that since activation, the NEOC has embarked on several initiatives to help with reducing the spread of COVID-19 such as providing vehicular support to help enforce curfews.
She also said that the NEOC has partnered with the COVID-19 Task Force to engage in mapping exercises to ensure that St. Kitts is adequately covered as it relates to security presence.
Langley-Stephens also added that persons can use the additional emergency contact numbers at 466-9626, 466-3874 and 466-7453 for more information.
Dr. Marissa Carty from the Health Emergency Operations Center provided a numerical report of cases in the Federation thus far.
She said that as of Monday there are 323 persons in quarantine, 4 in government facilities, 8 in isolation and 109 was released from quarantine.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Adolph Adams said that there are several security operations in place, but persons are still not complying with the restrictions.
He reminded the general public that there is a state of emergency in effect and persons must comply with the restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The NEOC will provide updates everyday until deactivation at 3:30pm live on ZIZ radio (96.1 FM) and participating radio stations.