HEALTH MINISTRY TO ADD VACCINATION FIGURES
The Ministry of Health will be introducing vaccination figures to a revised COVID-19 dashboard, commencing today March 8.
According to the Ministry, this data will be integratedto connect the vaccination programme with the publication of COVID-19 statistics.
The revised dashboard will allow the Ministry to publish real-time information of stats related to the pandemic, a release says.
Health officials will also share with the public the number of people vaccinated daily and the accumulated number of vaccinations.
The new-look dashboard will include info graphics that will serve as a reminder of the protocols, which are so vital in the fight against COVID-19.
In the meantime, some people are expressing skepticism at the Ministry’s move. One man says the Ministry of Health seems unable to release updates of the regular dashboard, so he does not see how it will manage additional information.
He says the dashboard is released two days after the fact, in some cases, and is never up to date. He notes, too, that a person might have died from the virus, but the information is not registered on the dashboard until days later.
Within a 24-hour period, the country recorded 35 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.
On Sunday, March 7, the Ministry of Health released a dashboard showing 16 new cases of the virus. This followed Saturday’s dashboard, which confirmed 19 new cases.
These latest figures represent the count up to Friday, March 5, and officials say there are 107 samples pending.
Of the new infections, the hospital’s lab tested 195 samples. Twenty-nine(29) were returned positive, but 13 of these were repeat tests.
Officials say that 14 of these confirmed cases are non-imported, bringing that number to 714, while the two imported have increased that figure to 134.
Antigua and Barbuda has now had a total of 848 cases of COVID-19. The active cases stand at 381, with a total of 446 recoveries, 36 of which are recent.
Forty-three people remain hospitalized with the virus, and 147 people are in quarantine.
Locals are speculating that, at the current rate, infections will reach the 1,000 mark before the end of March.