Foreign Affairs Minister Paul Chet Greene says the mass hysteria which followed the arrival of 163 Chinese workers here yesterday is unjustified.
The passengers will be working with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) which is building its headquarters in Antigua.
Greene said 15 of the workers were in transit to Dominica.
He is assuring the public that all the passengers on the China Eastern Charter presented negative PCR COVID-19 tests and all of them are in quarantine. Greene did not disclose the location.
He said they will remain there for 14 days before they can proceed to work.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said the Antigua and Barbuda Government will not compromise the safety of residents.
Greene explained that a charter was used instead of a commercial flight to keep the passengers in a safety bubble.
According to him, Chinese workers have been coming to Antigua for years to build various projects including the airport and stadium.