Prime Minister Gaston Browne is once again urging residents to be vigilant as health authorities try to determine the source of infection for this country’s newest COVID patient.
Over the weekend it was announced that Antigua had recorded a new case of the virus, bringing the country’s total, since the outbreak began, to 96.
“I am told that his family members were tested and that they are all negative. However, the contact tracing team has not been able to quite determine the source. That is something they are working on and we just want to remind our people of the need to continue to respect the protocols. Now, the evidence to date is that we do not have any clusters of Covid, so despite recording the 39 new cases a couple months ago, what we have here is actually sporadic cases of Covid. There’s no evidence of any significant community spread,” Browne said.
The positive case returned from a batch of 18 samples that was sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Friday and, according to health officials, the individual has not had any recent travel history.
“From all indications, in the fall and late in the fall going into winter, we are likely to see more potent cases of Covid with heavier viral loads and if we become complacent and we continue to import these cases — because the country’s borders are open — then the possibility of transmission to the domestic population becomes real and the possibility, too, of having a few fatalities could actually happen. Those are things that we may not want to contemplate but we just have to remain very vigilant and continue to exercise personal responsibility and adhere to the protocols,” the nation’s leader said.