Effective COVID-19 management allowed schools to reopen

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Minister of Health, Molwyn Joseph has credited the government’s handling of the  coronavirus pandemic for its ability to reopen schools this week. Joseph said the low  number of COVID-19 cases, the effective management of the pandemic and the health and safety protocols implemented, resulted in schools reopening after the premature closure of the previous academic year.

“If we had a lot of active cases, the recommendation from my ministry would be to delay the opening of schools, but there was a period of time where we had no laboratory  confirmed cases and as we speak we only have one active case,” Minister Joseph said.
According to reports from the Ministry of Health, as of Monday, 7th September 2020, there are no new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda.

“Twelve samples were processed at the Mount St. John’s Medical Center’s (MSJMC)  Laboratory which increased the pending results from zero to twelve,” said a statement from the Ministry of Health. The twelve samples yielded negative results. As a result, the total number of persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda remains at ninety-five with one active case. Minister Joseph said leadership, the psychological preparedness of the population and the commitment of the majority of
Antiguans and Barbudans to approach the pandemic seriously by following the advice of health officials and complying with the established protocols, all contributed to the low number of local COVID-19 cases.

A total of two thousand and ninety-seven persons have been tested. As of Tuesday, there were eighteen (18) persons in government staffed quarantine while three hundred forty-five (345) persons were under self quarantine.