Government Compels Weekly Italian Charter Flight Company To Screen Passengers Before They Board

WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 29: (CHINA OUT) A community worker checks the temperature of courier in an Express station on January 29, 2020 in Hubei Province, Wuhan, China. Due to a transit shut down and lack of supplies, couriers have became the city's suppliers. The 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in Wuhan, China, has infected 6078 people and killed at least 132, mostly in China. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment wishes to again assure the public that there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 within the Caribbean region. The Ministry continues to monitor the air and seaports and will advise regarding any travel updates. The Ministry is appealing to the public that all nonessential travel to the People’s Republic of China be avoided.

Today, 162 Italian passengers, vacationing in Antigua will be returned to Italy on a charter flight. Earlier this week, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda decided that the weekly Italian charter flight company has been compelled to screen passengers from Italy and to deny boarding to those who are traveling from cities that have been quarantined by the Italian Government.

Work on the Margetson Ward is progressing speedily. This refurbished ward at the Holberton Hospital will be equipped to handle any outbreak of the COVID-19 here in Antigua and Barbuda.

As COVID-19 spreads internationally, it’s important to know the symptoms and practice preventative measures. Symptoms include coughing, a high temperature, and shortness of breath.

The Ministry also reminds the general public to exercise proper hand hygiene as well as take general measures against becoming ill. The latter includes adequate rest and hydration and the avoidance of sick persons.

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  1. If this hit antigua 75% to 85% will get the COVID-19 antigua is not ready for this specially for them that smoke are the easy ones to died God be with us and the rest of the world D.M.H

  2. If this hits Antigua we all D E D. Just Saying..I fear for our kids in the schools , Carnival, Sailing Week round d bend!

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