AG and family members test positive for COVID-19

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OINTEXPRESS: Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin has confirmed he, and ten members of his family have tested positive for COVID-19.

The spread of the virus is believed to have taken place at the family’s Christmas dinner.

In response to a request for confirmation, Minister Benjamin said they are “all doing fine, should be fully recovered in a few days.”

The person suspected to be the cause of the outbreak to those present at the event was not identified, however information suggests a female family member in attendance complained of feeling unwell. She further revealed that her spouse and child had above normal temperatures.

The Benjamin family apparently brushed the information aside and went on to dine and socialise together.

It was not until the gathering had dispersed that some family members began complaining of feeling unwell.

As a result, COVID tests were carried out leading to 11 positive results, including that of the attorney general.

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41 COMMENTS

  1. I see so nobody took it seriously 😳😳 they all just dine an am sure those ten family members as been around other person smh….I do wish them all a speedy recovery tho.

  2. Hopefully further contact tracing has been done and hopefully everybody is vaccinated and where necessary boosted.
    I am glad that the AG was open and transparent enough to sound this warning bell.
    If you are gathering, even in family social events be aware. Wear your masks, social distance and if one amongst you feels unwell or has presented with a raised temperature or the sniffles then that person cannot stay amongst the group.
    This virus is very virulent and spreads easily and quickly. The one thing we can be a little thankful for is that it is not as deadly as it’s fore-runner, the Delta variant.
    I wish the AG and his family and all who may have come into contact with any of them a speedy recovery.

  3. Just like everything else he does in his job capacity he is reactive not proactive
    They always tell you when faced with that scenario
    Always assume the worst and hope for
    the best.
    1) She’s not well
    2) Husband had above normal temperature
    3) Child had above normal temperature
    The guy can’t even make a easy call/desicion to protect his family and self but, he’s really good at shooting tear gas 💨

  4. Which of the Variants are they tested positive for? That in my opinion is very important.There are vast differences between the Delta Variant and the Omicron Variant.The EXPERTS say the Omicron is a much faster spreader. It is suggested that you should be wearing double masks as a prevention of getting the Omicron Variant.

  5. Get well soon my friend. I hope you have learned that even family you cannot drop your guard with.
    What I want the Minister of Health to do is to design a health and wellness program for his Cabinet members and that the PM makes it mandatory for them to participate in.
    Like each person be assigned a nutritionist and a physical trainer. I looked at Lennox yesterday and the guy is so overweight. I wonder how long he thinks he can keep that up. And we need him for many more years to run our country’s affairs.

    • @From The Sidelines…as Scorpion would say, “is joke you joking?”
      Who pays for personal trainers and nutritionists? The tax payers?

      Greed is being exhibited from Bank Accounts to body types!

      • Guy (RAS) what Sideline suggest is more proactive than our having to pay for their major surgeries. Yes Cabinet members have group health insurance, however no doubt it would be cheaper if less members need to utilize it, especially for major procedures

        Sidelines health is truly wealth. This covid situations has found me happily taking it more seriously. Cycling, intermitent fasting

        • @Tenman…hypocrites and parasites! #Parasites! Parasites!
          Will come out to take a bite!
          Take a bite! Take a bite!
          And, if night should turn to day, a lot of you will runaway!

          …So who the cap fit
          …Mek dem wear it!
          …Me go throw me corn! Salt fungee might pan dey!
          …Me no call nun fowl!

          Chameleon Tenman aka Cornell Hues, Harvard scientist should hang a mirror around your neck,
          large enough to cover the earth’s surface, place you at the Edge of space to deflect the sun’s rays and slow Global warming, since, you’re the professor of Deflection.

          This is not rocket science and simplicity says, the way you manage your #PERSONAL life, is a mirror image of how you manage your public life.
          Why the fuck should grown ass intelligent folks who knows #ALL of the answers/solutions to solve every other problem regarding lifestyles/culture be given a pass for being #GLUTONIUS RAVENOUS #LUB FU NYAM & GREED!

          Dem rass fu walk!
          Dem fu ride bicycles!
          Do Moonlight Walks, get fu kno U Community.
          Organize Night bike rides!

          A lazy dem lazy to rass!

        • @Tenamn: I have been asking for many months now. What are those Politicians eating? They should be able to pay for a physical trainer and nutritionists out of their damn finances. Poor taxpayers should not be paying for those greedy arse life styles. At the moment they are getting enough freebs. What do they pay for?

        • It takes only likeminded to understand what I was saying. I mean we all know of these communicable diseases. Prevention is better than care. RAS thinks that this would be an astronomical amount of money

          • @From The Sideline…yes, of course “RAS thinks that this will cost an astronomical amount of money,” and you’re correct, especially if the program is managed by Parliament(known for “astronomical” cost overruns on simple ‘Sweetee Shap” projects.

            However, on the other hand if the project is financed by both you and Tenman, then it won’t cost the taxpayers one farthing, or penny-hairpnee!
            Here’s why….
            A…you could add an additional wing to the Parliament Building(please make sure it’s handicap accessible) as a Health Gym. Fully equipped with saunas, massage booths, jacuzzi I, all modern interactive exercise equipments with a fully designed commercial kitchen managed and staffed by the Hotel Training school(great training for the students).

            Of course, the new wing could be named for Ambassador Sidelines and Senator Tenman. Your legacies would be solidified, and it won’t even cost you a penny nor farthing, since, the project will get full approval of the Cabinet, you more than likely have duty-free concessions, and can even negotiate to have some of your future private business taxes, levy’s waved for a period of time.

            Everybody wins and it doesn’t cost the taxpayers one red cent!

        • Sideline and Tenman, that’s a good idea. Ask your employers to take it out of your paychecks bi-weekly or monthly. Get Cutie fat arse to loose 100 pounds. They already taking taxpayers for a ride so if y’all fooley arses want to foot the bill. Go ahead.

    • If they do that they’ll have to admit that health and nutrition plays a vital part in COVID management. That won’t look good. They got the shots, they should be fine…right????

  6. Such good news. I was crying happy tears when I read this. I hope the COVID God takes care of him well. One down and more to go.

    I pray once more COVID God, please take good care of Gaston Browne too. I remain your humble servant.

    • You rejoicing over the Cry Baby Serpent when he got the covid too? You heard the tape of what Wilmoth Daniel had to say about him?

  7. @Tenman…hypocrites and parasites! #Parasites! Parasites!
    Will come out to take a bite!
    Take a bite! Take a bite!
    And, if night should turn to day, a lot of you will runaway!

    …So who the cap fit
    …Mek dem wear it!
    …Me go throw me corn! Salt fungee might pan dey!
    …Me no call nun fowl!

    Chameleon Tenman aka Cornell Hues, Harvard scientist should hang a mirror around your neck,
    large enough to cover the earth’s surface, place you at the Edge of space to deflect the sun’s rays and slow Global warming, since, you’re the professor of Deflection.

    This is not rocket science and simplicity says, the way you manage your #PERSONAL life, is a mirror image of how you manage your public life.
    Why the fuck should grown ass intelligent folks who knows #ALL of the answers/solutions to solve every other problem regarding lifestyles/culture be given a pass for being #GLUTONIUS RAVENOUS #LUB FU NYAM & GREED!

    Dem rass fu walk!
    Dem fu ride bicycles!
    Do Moonlight Walks, get fu kno U Community.
    Organize Night bike rides!

    A lazy dem lazy to rass!

  8. So Gaston lifting that vaccine mandate? Since the world now know the vaccine and booster isn’t stopping the transmission they need to lift this freaking mandate. My sister can’t even come home to take care of our dying father because of the vaccine mandates.

    • So sorry to hear about you and your sister’s father.

      I hope and pray that Gaston Browne or someone else in authority start to show some compassion and allow all Antiguans abroad to come home sooner rather than later.

      God bless you and your family in these difficult times.

    • You have my sympathy. I’m in a similar position. Meanwhile tourists enter at will to spread covid and lie on the beach on the basis of dangerous jabs that don’t work.

  9. Yes FROM THE SIDELINE only a like-minded person like TENMAN would understand your nonsensical idea. By the way, I believe that you are referring to non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension etc and not communicable diseases like Covid and HIV. Please think before coming up with your crazy ideas and then having your fellow blind apologists and propagandists like TENMAN supporting you

    • In 2022 people still think healthy living doesn’t affect COVID? What is ‘nonsensical’ about the idea that a strong body will have better defenses overall? It is a proven FACT that obesity for example is a contributing factor in COVID deaths. There are DOCTORS not naturalists, doctors that are treating people with Vitamin C, D, Zinc, Quercetin and others and getting good results. I myself used supplements. Even if it did nothing for COVID, why in the world do you want to berate someone for suggesting we live healthy (they didn’t even say anything about vaccines)? Remember there are other things that can kill you besides COVID. What is really going on here?

      • REALLY??? nothing is nonsensical about the idea that that a strong and healthy body is a good defense against covid. That is what I practice by eating healthy, exercise and go to the beach regularly. Why the hell should taxpayers pay for obese public officials to get in shape? The idea is not only nonsensical, it is utterly ridiculous.

        • Do you know that some employers provide subsidies for those that attend a gym? This is done to encourage employees to stay healthy. A healthy employee is more productive and not sick all the time. The government is an employer of the ministers. You seem to have a problem paying for them to stay healthy, yet they receive monies to go overseas when they are ill. And Jacqui Quin was the biggest example. And you didn’t have a problem with that. It cost us over $200,000.00. Once again it shows how nakedly bias you are. You cannot look objectively at a suggestion.

          • FROM THE SIDELINE you will never give up even when it is pellucidly clear your argument is nonsense. The analogy with private sector employers and the government are vastly different. I say again if Ministers of Government want to go to a gym to get rid of their obesity they must use their own money to do it. They are already highly paid and get enough freeds otherwise. Taxpayers money for their salaries is enough. Why the hell should they foot the bill for gym fees. You are absolutely crazy.

    • Poor you. Even in the USA the Congress members are enjoying state sponsored health and wellbeing programs. They have their own gym etc. And you seem to forget how much money the Treasury had to pay out to Jacqui when she had to go overseas for her cancer treatment. Didn’t the taxpayers have to forfeit that bill? I guess what is good for the goose is in this case not good for the gander. Just take off your political bias and read and understand my argument. Prevention is better than care. And these are our elected officials. They have a responsibility to be healthy. Many do not realize that. If I were the PM, I would not want a set of unhealthy overweight people in my cabinet. It tells you something about their discipline. These things seems to be normal in this part of the world.

  10. oh no!! so sorry this happened to them!!

    Still need an update about the fake vaccine cards that were allegedly issued on the day J-Truth got his so called jab!! Get footage of them cameras at multipurpose center check the names of everyone. Word on the street is some persons were jabbed with empty syringes. We can’t put our people at risk like this covid is no joke.

  11. FROM THE SIDELINE an idea just came to my mind. I will run it by you to see if you agree. All the Members of Parliament could exercise at a gym in Ebenezer I was told is owned by Gaston’s son. They should be given the facility to use free of charge as a token for the appreciation of the business obtained from the government.

    • You guys are very envious of what the PM and his family have achieved in life.
      But remember the saying, Jealousy and envy are worse than witchcraft.

  12. @Charles Tabor January 6, 2022 At 4:31 pm
    “They are already highly paid” This statement alone tells me that you are joking, or you have no clue what you are talking about. Government ministers in Antigua and Barbuda are not highly paid. And everyone knows that. A private sector management job pays far better than any public sector job. That is why there is corruption in government. Because sometime the temptation is so much that you give a guy a contract to remove dead dogs from the street and he makes millions doing that. While you who have more responsibilities taking care of government business gets a salary of $10K- $15K. Reason why I can never work for the government as a salaried worker. I will only be a consultant and they have to pay me what my price is.

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