As COVID-19 cases spiral in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda the government there has opened yet another facility to care for patients with the deadly virus.
There have been at least seven deaths in the last week alone on the island nation with a population of 100,000 people.
With the main hospital there at its COVID capacity, the government had to find new treatment centers for people moderately and severely ill.
There are close to 800 active cases on the island.
The Ministry of Works handed over the Sir Cuthwin Lake Medical Centre (formerly NTTC) to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.
Prime Minister, the Honourable Gaston Browne, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Sir Molwyn Joseph, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas and Medical Director of the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre, Dr. Albert Duncan were the featured speakers at the brief handing-over ceremony.
Also in attendance were Minister of Works, the Honourable Lennox Weston and Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Telecommunications, the Honourable Melford Nicholas .
The Medical Centre/Respiratory Hospital which is equipped to treat 70 patients will also be equipped in short order with three theatres.
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