Prime Minister Gaston Browne has warned that the increase in cases of COVID-19 on the island could lead to community spread if care is not taken.
There are currently 13 active cases of COVID-19 in Antigua.
“We have long identified, months ago, that our returning nationals are the most significant area of vulnerability, since many of them do not adhere to the protocols, and many of them continue to break their quarantine,” Browne said.
“In fact, we had a situation in which a returning national came back to the country without a COVID test. As to how that individual made it on the flight, we don’t know, because I would have personally written to the various airlines asking them not to accept anyone without a negative test.”
The Prime Minister continued: “For some reason that particular returning national was able to board, came back to Antigua, however, that person was tested on return, and I’m told that today when we got back the 13 samples, two of them are positive, including that returning national who did not follow the protocols of the country.”
Browne said the person in question was placed in quarantine on arrival on the island.
He disclosed that the other positive case is a student from Antigua State College.