Labour Day activities spark fears of skyrocketing virus cases; 28 new infections and one death recorded at latest count

Many residents are expressing concern that the country’s COVID-19 cases could skyrocket in the next few weeks, following Labour Day-crowd activities during which most people were not wearing masks.

Active cases have now reached 53, while the death count has increased by one – to 137 persons – although the official press release does not indicate any recent virus fatalities.

The Ministry of Health’s latest dashboard, published May 3, shows 28 new lab-confirmed infections as of Saturday, April 30. Officials say two cases were recorded on April 28; 18 on April 29; and eight on April 30.  

These positive cases were realized from 121 samples processed at the hospital.

There is one moderate hospitalized case and 21 patients recovered from the virus during this period.

The total number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda is now 7,654.