Some sudden death victims test negative for COVID-19

Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas

Tests for COVID-19 have been carried out on some of the recent sudden death victims and all have come back negative, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas has announced.

“We have  seen, it seems, a number of sudden deaths in Antigua and Barbuda over the last few months,” Sealey-Thomas said during a news conference today.

“We have tested some of those persons and they have come back negative, and we recognize that this needs to be further investigated.”

Several men have died suddenly in Antigua in recent weeks.

Sealey-Thomas said: “Because they are sudden deaths, they would be coroner’s cases and the coroner would be investigating those deaths. But the Ministry of Health, we are also looking into the circumstances surrounding those death.


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    • It is good news. But that’s the whole point: you wouldn’t know for sure unless you tested these people. Science isn’t about “complaining.” What’s bizarre is that people like you think that wanting to know the truth about the spread of a deadly disease is just “complaining.”

      • As usual the negative trolls come out to play. I saw someone once posted on this blog that it won’t be covid19 that kills some you but rather stress and high blood pressure and that person is so right. #IsaidwhatIsaid

  1. Some????? More than 1 and less 11 have been tested and you expect us to be satisfied with that imbecilic response.
    We need to know how many were tested that’s what we have to say now.

    You mean to say tests are so expensive and have to be rationed you can’t even give the Antiguans and Barbudan taxpaying citizens an accurate or exact figure?

    Molwyn and Sealy think we are little children with their condescending attitude like we begging them for information.

    • Seems you are unaware of the scarcity of Covid 19 testing resources globally? The path chosen is best since it will ensure we rule out other possibilities. At this point we should only be testing if there are indications (eg (symptoms) that the person had Covid.

      “Jill Romann, the coroner in Douglas County, Colorado, was so desperate for coronavirus tests that she began calling hospitals in the middle of the night to avoid management, begging whoever was on duty for one or two test kits.

      Her total collection reached about 13 before the hospitals caught on and shut her down.
      She asked the state health department for help getting the tests needed to determine whether deaths were linked to the virus. But she said the agency told her it was not providing them to coroners because it was prioritizing the tests for the living. She hasn’t been able to get the supplies she needs from private labs either.” see Coroners worry Covid-19 test shortages could lead to uncounted deaths By Blake Ellis, Melanie Hicken and Ashley Fantz, CNN Investigates Updated 1433 GMT (2233 HKT) April 7, 2020

      Then there is :
      “JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Rankin County Coroner David Ruth said the coronavirus outbreak has made it challenging for him to do his job.

      “Certain family members will say their loved ones had symptoms that were consistent with the symptoms of COVID-19 and they’re asking me to test them. And that testing is not available to us because there’s such a shortage on the testing kits that they’re not being made available to coroners,” said Ruth.

      Ruth said the coronavirus test kits are in high demand, which could lead to more problems for coroners trying to do their jobs safely in this pandemic.” see Coroners short on PPE and unable to test deceased for COVID-19By Chelsey Sellars | April 11, 2020 at 11:08 PM CDT – Updated April 12 at 10:27 PM

      • @bitterblinds Meanwhile our antigen tests will expire here as 1. we cant even begin to locally use them 2. we find it so hard to broaden our pool a likkle bit. Maybe we should donate our antigen kits to Douglas county CO, since our winter season is long gone and our tests might expire by next winter.

      • Testing only those who have symptoms is a useless strategy for preventing an outbreak.

        The answer is local testing which can be done cheaply. They do it for 1USD per test in Senegal.

        The cost of loss of human life should be the greatest concern.

        This situation needs to be intelligently managed or in a matter of weeks there could be widespread disaster.

        If you are not scared of this virus and it’s spread, you are not paying attention.

        • They hope to do it, not in place yet. Check and you will note with a pop of 16 million they have tested less than 500 people

    • Why do you have to be so rude? The entire world is struggling to cope with this virus and the availability of tests kits. Why don’t you try and show a little positive attitude? Not everyone won’t be happy or satisfied all the time. If you’d like a test done, I hear there is a doctor charging up to $6,000.00. Go pay him/her a visit as often as you’d like. If not, do what you have to do to stay safe so that you won’t need a test.

      • @Change of attitude, the fact is we all understand the difficulties but how come our testing has yet to start, why she can never answer a question proper, why she need to look at the minister sometimes before she answer, why she dont straight-up give the info to the public that is so very obvious to most of us? she, he and he need to go!!!

        • Sandals website says they’re reopening on May 16.

          I hope these people aren’t planning on opening the borders to tourist by May 16 or before.

          Are they lying about the severity of this crisis? WTH is going on?

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