Mounting concern that a national of the Federation who returned recently from Japan was told to “stay home for two weeks” when she arrived at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport.
It is still unclear whether it was immigration or health personnel who gave that instruction to the Christ Church resident and the basis for the directive when she arrived, a well-informed source said Sunday morning.
It was not immediately known what prompted that instruction and the basis for it. However it has raised numerous questions if the individual lives alone or with other family members.
On Sunday, St Kitts and Nevis was not named among Caribbean countries that have the capacity to test for the coronavirus – COVID-19.
Director of the Washington-based Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa Ettiene told a Caricom News Conference that PAHO has some concern for countries with weak health systems.
“About 20 countries have restrictions on anyone who has been to Italy in the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, St Kitts and Nevis continues to do nothing regarding Italy and we have recent arrivals in St Kitts and Nevis from this region. (The virus) has now spread to more than 20 countries including the Dominican Republic,” posted Peter Chevozerov.
On Saturday, local businesswoman, Teshari Liburd arrived at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport from Trinidad and made a similar observance.
“There was no real evidence of the robust screening that was mentioned in the (Prime Minister’s) press conference,” said Liburd, who pointed out that when she entered Trinidad two weeks ago there was an officer pointing an infrared device at every passenger that arrived. How come we can’t get one of those? I’m sure the Christopher Martin and Morgan Heritage concerts cost way more than such devices. Where are our priorities,” Liburd posted on her FaceBook Page Saturday night.