COVID-19 infections pass 3,000, while makeshift morgue is put in place on Holberton compound on account of 2.4% death rate

Refrigerated Storage Container for bodies

The Ministry of Health today released three separate dashboards, confirming that the country’s COVID-19 cases have passed the 3,000-mark, while additional storage capacity been put in place at the hospital’s morgue.

On Thursday, September 23, there were 106 new cases out of of 83 samples processed at Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre and 165 at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Health officials report that on Friday, September 24, 115 positive cases were realized from 118 samples tested at the hospital and 320 at CARPHA.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, September 25, 79 samples were processed locally, with the numbers dropping to only 16 lab-confirmed infections. These brought the total active cases to 961.

There are 52 people in the hospital, 10 of whom are reported to have severe symptoms. However, over the three-day period, there were 241 recovered cases, increasing that total to 2,123.

On the downside, Health officials confirmed that there have been 76 COVID-19 related deaths in Antigua and Barbuda, with 12 recorded between September 23 and 27.

Since the most recent dashboard puts the number of cases at 3,160, it means that this country’s COVID-19 mortality rate is 2.4%. It is the second-highest in the sub-region, coming in behind Grenada, where the death rate is 2.6%.

St. Lucia’s fatality rate is 1.66%, while three other neighbours are reporting rates below 1%: Barbados, with 0.88%; St. Kitts at 0.59%; and Dominica at 0.45%.

These compelling data provide evidence that the per capita death rate in Antigua & Barbuda is too high, says a professional in the diaspora.

“We need evidence-based analysis and decision-making – and not knee-jerk, ad hoc responses” that are akin to shooting in the dark, the woman says.

Speaking to the urgency of finding the causes and coming up with corrective measures for this alarming rate, she says, “This is a break-glass, pull-the-alarm moment.”

In the meantime, sources tell REAL News that a 40-foot refrigerated container has been positioned just outside the Pathology Department on the compound of the old Holberton Hospital. Nearby is a 20-foot container housing a generator.

The sources say the receptacles have been installed as a makeshift morgue, since the island’s two funeral homes are reported to be at capacity at this time, owing to the high number and rate of COVID-19 deaths.

There have been at least five bodies stored there since Sunday, the sources confirmed to REAL News.

As recently as today, during an outing on Liberty Radio/ZDK, United Progressive Party Political Leader Harold Lovell was attacked for having advised the Administration, last year, to ensure that the country does not get to this stage.

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, as the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and some European countries grappled with staggering death counts, the Party expressed concerns about the local capacity to handle such a scenario.

However, members of the Government derided those concerns and chose, then, to categorize them as “doom-and-gloom” utterances that were politicially motivated.


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  1. This is tragic for our country, where is the cluster of cases coming? Not the bars, not the gyms, not the restaurants. Where, why can we not have this information? Does the government not have it. Or chose to not disclose it? We all have a dog in this fight, this is information we need to have to avoid the spread. Why can we not have it? I for one are no longer going to pay my taxes. Not a person in ird had a mask on when I went in on mon to pay properly my tax collection. Not again, no wash station, no protocol being followed, I am done. If the government can’t protect the people, with transparency, knowledge, and fact, then I will do it for me on my own. You Gaston, can even provide a safe government space, to conduct business, nor the information to provide a safe country. Vaxed or not, you provide no safety, but want your money. Haul my butt to jail, but you no get one more ec from me, like you stop collecting union dues, I stop paying till this is right. I hope all of Antigua Barbuda do the same. Then you will come to us with information we need to fight this demon.

  2. I stand to be corrected but most of these Covid related deaths are persons with underlined sickness or cormobilities. Does this mean that Antigua has very ailing population? The health authorities & the Citizens by extension need to pay attention to the health practices of the nation……

  3. Does your expert understand what the word per capita means? The per capita covid death rate in SLU is higher than for ANU. Your experts needs to compare like with like. Take SLU for eg. They have had 11,320 confirmed covid cases vs ANU with about 3K. The question you should ask is are those confirmed cases for SLU only via PCR tests (like in A&B)t, or do they have a mix of both antigen & PCR. Why? The antigens tests are well known to not be as accurate as a PCR tests (false positives). Tellingly SLU had had 195 covid deaths so far (A&B 76), with a population of almost double ANU hence its per capita death rate is higher than ANU. Importantly, also where do these countries stand vs A&B when it comes to NCD’s. A&B tends to lead in percentage oif deaths via NCD. There was clearly method to the madness in pushing for a sugary food and beverage tax

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