Covid-19 in Antigua & Barbuda
The first case of Covid-19 in Antigua & Barbuda was confirmed on 13th March 2020 by Prime Minister Gaston Browne. There have been in total 7 confirmed cases and zero deaths as of 3rd April 2020.
As part of measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the twin-island state, following Government measures have been taken;
- The Ministry of Education Science and Technology confirmed closure of all Educational Institutes.
- Effective 12th March 2020, travel advisories were issued denying entry to any foreign national (including passengers and crew) who has travelled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea and Singapore the past twenty-eight (28) days. However, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda as well as resident diplomats will be allowed entry.
- On 26th March 2020, Antigua and Barbuda welcomed 29 Cuban Doctors and Nurses who arrived on a Venezuelan charter flight. The Cuban anti-COVID Medical Team are specifically trained in disease infection prevention and control.
- On 27th March 202, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda declared a State of Emergency commencing midnight 28th March 2020 up until 11th April 2020 (period of 14 days).
- Essential workers and others should continue to practice social distancing of six feet between persons. There will be no movement during the day by non-essential workers except for food and emergency supplies. Private vehicles are limited to two occupants. All essential workers including; Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Orderlies and Administrative Staff, Caregivers, employees of the Central Government and of Statutory Bodies (who are advised by their senior managers) Judges, Lawyers and support staff, Air Traffic Control, Police Officers, Soldiers, workers at clinics, Elderly Care Workers, the port authority employees.
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- Several measures have also been put in place to ensure that our borders are protected, with necessary screenings taking place at all ports of entry. Measures were put in place to restrict entry from cruise ships with suspected cases, airlines from particular high-risk countries, and to quarantine persons arriving from certain locations.
- An equipped isolation and quarantine centre has being prepared at the Margetson ward, Holberton Hospital to handle any outbreak of the Covid-19 in Antigua & Barbuda, including quarantining, isolation, treatment and laboratory testing.
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