PM cautions residents against non-essential travel to avoid contracting COVID


Prime Minister Gaston Browne is cautioning residents against non-essential travel to avoid contracting the deadly novel coronavirus.

“We maintain that you should continue to exercise caution in travelling especially to high-risk areas, including the United States,” Browne said.

“And we caution Antiguans and Barbudans against non-essential travel because of the risk of contracting COVID.”

The Prime Minister noted that the only laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country at this time is a returning national from the United States, which Browne said “still represents a hotbed for COVID.”

As of Sept. 6, there have been 6,432,209 coronavirus cases in the United States and 192,864 deaths.

The number of recoveries stands at 3,707,138.

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  1. So this “returning national” produced a negative covid test?
    How long after arrival to Antigua was the next covid test given and why?
    Were they in quarantine at time of local testing?

  2. Yet you still allowing the US and Europeans with the spending power to Come down stay at the overpriced hotel rooms. Such hypocrisy. Your a failed leader. A narcissist. You need psychotherapy!

    • 90% of Antigua’s economy relies on tourism. No government should let poor people die of starvation rather than the chance of catching Covid which incidentally, contrary to the always exaggerating media, affects primarily the elderly or the immunocompromised. It has very minimal impact on 99% of people under 50. Of course there would be a few exceptions. The country and people need to protect the vulnerable and allow the healthy to move on from this crippling morass.

      Where do you think the money comes from that imports the 95+% of items on supermarket shelves? Very little consumable goods are produced in Antigua to stock the shelves which would have generated the added value to sustain the economy, provide jobs etc.

      That has been the policy advocated by both red and blue governments over the last several decades and cannot be changed overnight. The majority of Government revenue comes from import and sales taxes and if people are not working then there would be no consumption, no imports and hence, no government revenues. Unless some prior goverment had left billions somewhere which the govt can use to fund the economy until Covid paranoia fatigue steps in and people move on with their lives.

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