Returning nationals blamed for frequently disobeying self-quarantine conditions

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Cabinet Notes -The Cabinet took note of the decision by foreign governments to impose a late-night curfew in order to reduce the nightlife partying which can be a major source of the spread.

In Antigua and Barbuda’s case, returning nationals who proceed to self-quarantine upon arrival, have frequently disobeyed the conditions under which they were allowed to re-enter their homeland.

The quarantine or isolation period is 14 days, following entry with a Covid-19 negative certificate; those who are asymptomatic may take a second Covid-19 PCR test within seven days and could be released if the second test is also negative.

All are required to avoid contact with others in the household or in the quarantine facility utilized by the government.

The Hawksbill Hotel which is currently being used, is likely to be surrendered by the request of the owners, and a new site is being contemplated. It costs US$130.00 daily to house each quarantined returning national at the hotel.

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  1. Please please SPEAK ON WHAT YOU KNOW FOR A FACT…

    I RETURNED ON SATURDAY LAST AND UP TO THIS MINUTE IM WRITTING THIS ..THE NURSE ASSIGNED TO ME HAS NOT YET CALLED ……

    STOP BLAMING US STOPPPPPP.
    IM A RESPONSIBLE ADULT THAT FOLLOWS RULES…I HAVE NOT LEFT MY QUARANTINE…IF WHO IS RESPONSIBLE ISNT FOLLOWING RULES IT LEAVES IT OPEN FOR RETURNING NATIONALS TO VIOLATE .

    ALL OF US DNT VIOLATE SO SPEAK ON FACTS NOT ASSUMPTIONS..

    BTW …TELL THE NURSES CALL RETURNING NATIONALS..DO THEIR JOBS.

    I HAVE PLACED 15 CALLS TO MY NURSE UP TO THIS MINUTE SHE HAS YET TO ANWER OR RETURN A MISS CALL.

    STOP BLAMING RETURNING NATIONALS.

  2. I
    Also .
    I’m not the only one who jasnt been called by the ASSIGNED NURSE…

    Luckily WE FOLLOW RULES
    WE BOUGHT OUR OWN THERMOMETERS AND WE HAVE BEEN TAKING OIR TEMPERATURE 8AM & 8PM…LOGGING IT.

    SO MUCH FOR DISOBEDIENCE….

    STOP BLAMING RETURNING NATIONALS.

    BLAME THE NURSES.

  3. Next they are going to blame it on the rain.Perhaps that returning National of whom they speak is related to the TAP DAWG.He did say,his father a returning National.He was seen walking around.When he was suppose to be in quarantine.There seems to be a double standard.If you are related to a Politician.You could do almost anything and get away with it.Because a Spanish lady was arrested and charged for breaking her quarantine. While Gaston Browne’s father was not touch.Why?

  4. When last was the returning nationals issue raised as a serious potential cause for the spread of Covid-19 in Antigua? Shame on the “reporter” for posting this article at this time. Your reason is as devious as it is obvious – to rile up mentally deficient persons to begin your anticipated rabid slew of anti-government responses. Congrats you managed to find a few mindless recruits.
    The last time that returning nationals were cited as a potential cause was some time ago when indeed the evidence supported the conclusion. That was some time ago!!! Why raise this issue now?? You guys are really desperate!

  5. Where is this slack nurse. Get up and do your job man. This is something else. You are right D’nice. You are not the only one. I have a cousin who visited. She stayed in the countryside for two weeks. She told me that she called the nurse assigned to her and up to her time for leaving the island no one answered the phone. PURE SLACKNESS ME SAY! Perhaps the nurse you and she got is the same or the number is fake. IDK.

  6. So I have a question. I am coming to Antigua on business for 4 days. I was born in Antigua but I am an American citizen and I am coming to take care of some business.

    Once I have a negative covid test, what is the protocol because I will not have time to quarantine because I have business to conduct before I leave.

    I can’t delay anymore it’s the end of the year.

    How do people get things done if they have to come to Antigua. Please advise on the protocol. Some people are quarantining some are not and I am an American citizen trying to conduct my business for a few days then leave.

    I need proper guidance before I lose the money to purchase my ticket and accommodations

    • If you have a 2nd passport use that. If you fly in on your Antiguan passport, they will require you to quarantine for 14 days.

      It makes no sense but tourists dont have to quarantine.

    • Peterson.. Please see the guidelines for persons entering New York from other states in the US and outside countries before asking certain questions..
      If your stay is for 4 days and you intend to do business, then unfortunately, it’s best to stay within the US until quarantine measures are relaxed in Antigua.

      • My dear the CDC NO LONGER REQUIRES 14 day quarantine when returning from international travel to the United States… since about a month or more now … please keep up and as for New York they are the ONLY state requiring quarantine.

        If Peterson is asking about Antigua laws why tell him to research American laws… that’s just stupid!

        The man has a valid question because of his short trip in ANTIGUA and u are telling him go look up laws in America. Chups … so because it’s a law in America does that mean it’s a law in Antigua ???

  7. When we returned we were told we had to contact the nurse (which we did) we send or reports in every day some times there read some not for days but I can’t see how returning nationals are more risk than a tourist who’s test is a week old. Ours was 48hrs old but they wouldn’t listen and boom 14 days!!. now there saying if we have a test within 7 days of returning they might release us (what does might mean) and how can people get the test if they can’t leave the home.

    • My test was 48hrs old….quarantine mama!

      I gave my AMERICA NUMBER..NO WHTSAPP MGS..
      I gave my place of stay with CONTACT NUMBER …NO CALLING

      I HAD FRENS WHO HAVE RETURNED AND NEVER HEARD FROM ASSIGNED NURSE.

      OHHHHHH…I called MOUNT ST JOHNS and was told this NOT A HOSPITAL ISSIE CALL HEALTH DEPARTMENT…

  8. Our nurses are overwhelmed. They have to do their day jobs and still handle covid related cases. The leadership is to be blamed they need help.

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