Antigua and Barbuda has experienced several consecutive days of double digits confirmed new COVID-19 cases, and the trend is now worrying the government.
Senior government officials continue to state their preference not to lockdown the country, but warn that should the trend continue unabated they will have little choice but to pursue this drastic course of action.
The latest figures released from the Ministry of Health indicate that there are now twenty-eight (28) people hospitalized with COVID-19.
This is expected to have placed severe strains on the health system since it was stated earlier that there are twenty-three beds allocated for this disease – seventeen at the Infectious Disease Centre at Holberton and six at Mount St John’s Medical Centre.
The most recent report received by the Ministry of Health from MSJMC has revealed eleven (11) new laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda as of Friday 5th February 2021.
Of the sixty-four (64) samples processed by MSJMC, fifty-three (53) were negative and eleven (11) positive. The eleven (11) cases are non-imported.
Investigations have begun and contact tracing and testing are ongoing.
Consequently, the total number of persons with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda is two hundred and ninety-nine (299); which is inclusive of one hundred and five (105) active cases.
Meanwhile, three (3) additional persons have been hospitalized and seventy-one (71) samples are pending. The dashboard has been updated to reflect these changes.