Four Students Return From China, Under Quarantine

YICHANG, CHINA - JANUARY 21 2020: Travelers wearing protective masks walk outside a railway station in Yichang in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. China has stepped up the measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus that has infected hundreds of people in China.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Feature China / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Four Antigua and Barbuda students returned to their homeland and they too have been quarantined, although they were not near the epicenter of the disease.

The old Margetson Ward at the Holberton Hospital is to be repaired and retrofitted for both quarantine and isolation.

A sufficient number of masks, gloves and body suits have been ordered to protect health workers, who have reportedly become victims of the virus in at least one country.

The Cabinet is satisfied that the health professionals in Antigua and Barbuda have been acting intelligently and skillfully to prepare the nation for every eventuality.

The Cabinet has authorized the use of special funding to complete the multi-faceted preparations.

No-one in Antigua and Barbuda has contracted the virus.

Two females and three males have nevertheless been ordered quarantined for 14 days, in Antigua; the quarantine period has been proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its advice to Ministers of Health who are seeking to guide their states’ policies.


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  1. I’m really happy they can return and get a break.
    But what about the others…can the government give us some assistance to the parents who cannot afford to buy their tickets… in bringing them home until this situation is under control?
    Tho they may not be affected by the virus…mentally and psychologically it’s taking a tollon them.
    In the meantime we are not slackening our prayers concerning them.
    El Ro-ee…the God who sees is watching over them.

    A grateful mom
    Trusting God completely 🙏

  2. It would be a great gesture if the govt can financially assist us the parents to bring home our children from China during this time of need…

    If the govt cannot afford to purchase the tickets for our Antiguan students, perhaps they can offer us, the parents, a small loan to help offset our expenses….

    To be fair, the govt has done quite a bit by giving each student a stipend to offset their expenses going to China, hence such expenses perhaps has been a burden on the govt’s treasury…

    However, our children are facing a crisis in China and need help at any cost…. Either a loan or a donation will be greatly appreciated

    • I’m very surprised to hear that the Antiguan government is paying the students a stipend. Is this payment in addition to the funds that the Chinese government pays directly into the students Chinese bank accounts?

  3. @bloke, maybe a commercial bank can help. We all pay board of education, yet a handful of us benefit. This country needed an education plan and should have stuck to a plan if in fact there was one.
    Feeding children for two weeks is enough!!!

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