‘COVID-19’ Update and Advisory as at 28 February 2020

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment wishes to again assure the public that there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 within the Caribbean region. The Ministry continues to monitor the air and seaports and will advise regarding any travel updates. The Ministry is appealing to the public that all nonessential travel to the People’s Republic of China be avoided. 

Today, 162 Italian passengers, vacationing in Antigua will be returned to Italy on a charter flight. Earlier this week, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda decided that the weekly Italian charter flight company has been compelled to screen passengers from Italy and to deny boarding to those who are travelling from cities that have been quarantined by the Italian Government.  

Work on the Margetson Ward is progressing speedily. This refurbished ward at the Holberton Hospital will be equipped to handle any outbreak of the COVID-19 here in Antigua and Barbuda.

As COVID-19 spreads internationally, it’s important to know the symptoms and practice preventative measures. Symptoms include coughing, a high temperature, and shortness of breath.

The Ministry also reminds the general public to exercise proper hand hygiene as well as take general measures against becoming ill. The latter includes adequate rest and hydration and the avoidance of sick persons.