Antigua and Barbuda’s government said that it does not plan to close its borders to international travel despite rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Responding to reporters’ questions at a media briefing this week, Sir Molwyn Joseph, the Minister of Health, said, “that is not yet considered.”
The reporters asked the questions in the context that closing the borders could reduce the country’s risk of importing new strains of the virus.
Three variants of the virus, detected in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa, are closely monitored by scientists.
Experts believe the UK variant is about 70% more transmissible than the original virus that was first detected in China in late 2019.
“We believe with the measures that we have in place that we can manage those circumstances”, the Health Minister assessed.
“That is not to say that it will not be considered in the future, but there is really no empirical evidence for us to take those measures at this time”, he insisted.
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