Returning Nationals Who Take PCR Test Can Go Home After Seven Days – Nicholas


Information Minister Melford Nicholas has said that returning nationals who take a PCR test after seven days can now complete their quarantine at home if the test is negative.

“There is a further caveat announced by the ministry of health and that is persons after seven days in a quarantine facility can opt to get a PCR test.

“And the reason why the seven days is because it takes about seven days for the viral load to be sufficient to be able to show up adequately in the PCR test,” Nicholas told a press conference yesterday.

He said, “after seven days and that test is rendered and it comes back negative those persons who have gone through that process will be allowed to go to their own quarantine facility for the remaining seven days.”

Prior to that announcement, a mandatory 14 days quarantine was imposed.

Minister Melford Nicholas says an estimated 500 returning nationals and residents are expected in Antigua & Barbuda in the next seven days.

He said as a result of this other hotel properties will be put into operation as quarantine facilities.

“To include the Halcyon Cove Hotel and the Jolly Beach Hotel with a combined room capacity of 700.”

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