262 in self-quarantine for COVID-19 in Antigua


The most recent reports received by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment from the Mount St. John’s Medical Center (MSJMC)and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) have revealed no new laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda as of Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 6pm.

Subsequent to the publication of the dashboard on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 with the cut off time of 6pm, thirty-nine samples were processed at the Mount St. John’s Medical Center’s Laboratory which increased the pending results from thirty-one to seventy.

All of the samples processed by MSJMC yielded negative results and are reflected in the total samples taken and total tested columns of the dashboard Sodapdf

Of the thirty one samples processed by CARPHA, thirty were negative with one repeat positive.  In addition, one person has been hospitalized at the Infectious Disease Control Center bringing that total to two.

Consequently, the total number of persons with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda remains at one hundred and forty-four (144) with seven (7) active cases.

The dashboard has been updated to reflect these changes.

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  1. 262 in self quarantine. Are they wearing of those Bracelets. Are they all Nationals and Residences living in Antigua.Why would they be in quarantine for 14 days.When persons coming into Antigua to certain rich persons walks freely.They do not spend one second in quarantine. A double standard is the order of the day.

  2. Of course not because then the numbers would rise above 10 positive per 100k (the CDC standard)

  3. Interested to know if they will be the first ones to be tagged like criminals! Really can’t see how you can enforce this unless everyone is treated the same. If there aren’t enough bracelets, then that’s not possible, so it all sounds farsical to me!

    Bracelets should be used for those that have broken quarantine, or put others in danger. Not those unfortunate Antiguans that don’t have enough money to make ends meet.

    If a covid vaccine becomes available, will we Antiguans be forced to take it?
    I am VERY concerned about this, especially taking the mRNA vaccine.

    I’m no expert on constitutional law of Antigua and Barbuda but I believe it allows us to refuse vaccinations under at least two legal principles. 1) Religious objections and 2) Equal application of the law.

    Public schools require parents to immunize their children to attend school. Some private schools do not require immunizations for their students. During the year the government started subsidizing private Rastafarian-run schools not requiring vaccinations for school entry. There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom. U.S. embassy officials engaged representatives of the government and civil society on religious freedom issues, including the importance of respect for religious diversity. They discussed issues involving government facilitation of religious diversity and tolerance and equal treatment under the law and the required vaccination of children entering the public school system.


    These rights may be limited in the interests of defense or public safety, order, morality, or HEALTH, or to protect the rights of others, unless actions under such limitations can be shown “not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.”

    https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/ANTIGUA-AND-BARBUDA-2018-INTERNATIONAL-RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM REPORT.pdf

    Constitutional lawyers or government ministers: Please let us hear you opinions on this subject!

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