Just as the United States Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has added Antigua & Barbuda to its Level 4 – do not travel – list, the country’s COVID-19 death toll has increased to 18.
Four deaths have been recorded in five days and three in less than 12 hours.
Today, March 2, the hospital announced two more fatalities –
some 24 hours after disclosing that a 53 year-old woman, an essential worker, had died yesterday, March 1.
Dr. Albert Duncan, the hospital’s Medical Director, again sent condolences, this time to the families of the two victims, males aged 85 and 67.
The men, according to reports, were admitted to the hospital on February 23 and February 5, respectively. Both were said to be in severe respiratory distress.
The hospital says that, despite the best efforts of its care team, the two patients succumbed to the infection.
The 85-year-old man passed away on Monday, March 1, at 11:34 a.m. – only three hours after the essential worker died. And officials say the 67 year-old man died today, March 2, at 12:02 a.m.
Urging persons to be responsible, Dr. Duncan says, “If you don’t do everything possible to minimize the spread (of the virus), then you are contributing to the spread and prolonging the amount of time in which our hospital will have more patients – more than we can safely handle.
“The consequences of this will affect anyone and everyone who needs hospital-level care. It’s not just those with COVID,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the Level 4 designation by the CDC is meant to warn persons, especially United States citizens and residents, against travelling to this country, where cases and deaths have spiked dramatically since the year began.